Saturday, 07 December, 2019


New VIDEO shows Chinese probe roaming the ‘dark side’ of the Moon

Lunar nighttime brings end to Chang'e-4 biosphere experiment and cotton sprouts                
          by                     Andrew Jones Lunar nighttime brings end to Chang'e-4 biosphere experiment and cotton sprouts by Andrew Jones
Kristine Garrett | 30 November, 2019, 22:26

China exchanged data with NASA on its recent mission to land a Chinese spacecraft on the far side of the moon, the Chinese space agency said Monday, in what was reportedly the first such collaboration since an American law banned joint space projects with China that do not have prior congressional approval.

After making the first-ever soft landing on the far side of the moon, China's Chang'e-4 mission pioneered the first mini biosphere experiment on the moon.

Apart from cotton seeds, Chang'e 4 has carried potato seeds, yeast and fruit fly eggs to the moon.

"Learning about these plants' growth in a low-gravity environment would allow us to lay the foundation for our future establishment of a space base", he said.

Conversely, though, the far side has fewer rocks and much more dust, which was seen puffing up in a video shot by Chang'e 4's landing camera as the lander touched down.

The country has already forged a number of strong space-collaborations with other nations, most notably with Russian Federation and the US.

"We will make the decision according to the performance of Chang'e-5", said Wu Yanhua, deputy head of the CNSA, who confirmed the launch of another lunar exploration (Chang'e 5), at the end of this year.

The experiment's chief designer, Xie Gengxin of Chongqing University, told Xinhua that life inside the canister would not survive the lander's first lunar night, which started on Sunday. NASA and the European Space Agency have scheduled the launches of their Mars surface rovers for that same time frame.

China is to continue lunar exploration with its Chang'e-5 sample return in late 2019 and follow up with missions to the Moon's South Pole, namely Chang'e-6, 7 and 8, in the early 2020s. So far, only the cotton seeds have sprouted. The three-kilogram container was designed by 28 Chinese educational institutions, and enabled the plants and organisms to have good air, nutrients, and water to sprout in an Earth-like environment.

A hint of a cotton plant is growing on the moon, inside China's lunar lander, scientists in China say. The plants release oxygen and provide food for the fruit flies, while the yeast converts the oxygen into carbon dioxide for the plants, among other processes.

According to Fred Watson of the Australian Astronomical Observatory, the development represented a step in the right direction.

Created in 1993, the CNSA was established as a government institution to develop and realize China's global obligations regarding space activities.

"The thicker dust shows that the lunar regolith in the region has undergone longer space weathering, which also gives strong evidence of the region being older", Li said. Wu added, "We also have plans to send a probe to Mars in 2020".

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