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China's first plant that grows on the moon is already dead



Activated on landing, the self-contained biosphere was developed to collect seeds and brood fruit fly eggs to create a tiny ecosystem and assess how it responds to the high-radiation, low-gravity environment.

Chinese The scientists hoped the experiment could help inform future attempts of lunar colonists to grow food on the desolate body.

Professor Xie Gengxin of Chongqing University, who designed the experiment, told CNN that the control team was closed after nine days.

Xie said that temperatures in the biosphere had become too unpredictable and reached extremes that would likely kill all life, including seeds and eggs.

"Although we have two temperature-controlling plates, the temperature was still above 30 degrees Celsius (86 F) at 1

0:30 am on the moon. As everyone knows, many plants can not sprout at (this) temperature," he said.

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Xie did not confirm why the temperatures, despite the measures taken by the research at one for the Plant unbearable levels had risen the team. Although the experiment ended quickly, Xie thought it was a success.

An article in the state media Xinhua said that the experiment should originally take 100 days.

Apart from the obvious failure During the biological experiment, the rest of the Chinese mission on the other side of the moon was on course on Thursday.

The historic mission is to perform a number of tasks, including the implementation of the first lunar radio of low-frequency radio astronomy and to investigate whether there is water at the lunar poles.

A rover called Yutu 2 or Jade Rabbit 2 helps Chinese explorers explore the previously invisible surface of the moon.

Yong Xiong from CNN reports from Beijing and Ben Westcott wrote from Hong Kong.


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