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Chinese Chang’e 4 engineer explains how to garden on the moon

Space 17 January 2020 By Donna Lu Xie Gengxin and a replica of his lunar gardenDonna LuChina’s Chang’e 4 lunar lander captivated global attention when a cotton seed on board became the first plant ever to germinate on another world – and now the engineer behind this moon garden has revealed just how it was…



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17 January 2020

By Donna Lu

Xie Gengxin

Xie Gengxin and a replica of his lunar garden

Donna Lu

China’s Chang’e 4 lunar lander captivated global attention when a cotton seed on board became the first plant ever to germinate on another world – and now the engineer behind this moon garden has revealed just how it was done.

Cotton, arabidopsis, potato and rape seeds, as well as yeast and fruit fly eggs were all inside a 2.6-kilogram mini biosphere when Chang’e 4 landed on the far side of the moon in January 2019.

Months of uncertainty and planning led to the successful mission, says Xie …

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