China To Launch Lunar Space Probe To Grow Plants On The Dark Side Of The Moon

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The far side of the Moon is a mysterious region of our natural satellite. We can’t see it, so we don’t know much about it, except for what missions like the Soviet probes Luna 3 and Zond 3 in 1959 and 1965, respectively, allowed us to learn about the hidden region of the Moon. This week, China will launch its Chang’e-4 spacecraft. The Chinese space agency plans to deploy a lunar space probe to try growing plants on the dark side of the Moon.

Chang’e-4 spacecraft has the mission to study the dark side of the Moon and deploy a lunar rover for further investigations. Both the Chang’e-4 spacecraft and lunar rover the spaceship would deploy will not be able to communicate with the Earth directly.

Therefore, the communication between the space probe and our planet would have to rely on the Queqiao communication satellite launched in May.

China To Launch Lunar Space Probe To Grow Plants On The Dark Side Of The Moon

“The lander will also conduct the first radio astronomy experiments from the far side of the Moon—and the first investigations to see whether plants will grow in the low-gravity lunar environment. The ultimate goal of the China National Space Administration (CNSA) is to create a Moon base for future human exploration there, although it has not announced when that might happen,” reported the Scientific American portal.

The Chang’e-4 space probe and the lunar rover it will deploy will try to grow plants on the dark side of the Moon, a scientific experiment that would be of great significance for the future Moon colony.

“When we take the step towards long-term human habitation on the Moon or Mars, we will need greenhouse facilities to support us, and will need to live in something like a biosphere,” explained Anna-Lisa Paul, a researcher at the University of Florida in Gainesville.


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