Chinese probe “Chang’e-4” conducted a biological experiment on the back side of the moon

The Chinese spacecraft “Chang’e-4” has completed the first biological experiment on the surface opposite the moon according to China Central television. Recall that in the framework of the first ever landing on the opposite side of the moon 8 December, China sent a lunar Rover and lander. 3 Jan “Chang’e-4” made a successful landing on the back side of the natural satellite of the Earth. Chinese media report that delivered to the moon cotton seeds produced the first seedlings.


In the experiment, the “Chang’e-4” brought to the moon six biological samples: the seeds of cotton, rape, potatoes, rezhevichi (plant of the cabbage family), the larvae of fruit flies (Drosophila) and yeast fungi. All the samples are inside the machine in a special container with a closed ecosystem.

The news source reports that the selection of biological samples was carried out very strictly. Since the load capacity of the device is very limited, all the seeds should be small size and also have the ability to adapt to the conditions of the lunar surface: strong temperature fluctuations, radiation and low gravity. Details about how biological samples receive water and oxygen, while reported.

The device transmitted to Earth photographs, which show that cotton seed has already given the first sprouts. The Chinese TV channel CCTV said, this is the first escape, germinated on the surface of the moon in low gravity and strong radiation. Monitoring of samples continues.

“Today was published the latest pictures biological experiment, which demonstrate that the seeds of the cotton delivered to the moon by the apparatus, gave the first stirrings. This means that “Chang’e-4″ has completed the first ever biological experiment conducted by the man in the moon”, — stated in the message.


Earlier, the China national space administration (CNSA) shared a video of the landing on the surface of the back side of the moon, and the published panoramic image of the lunar surface. The picture was very large, so we offer you to look at it in parts.

With whole panorama of the lunar surface can be found on the CNSA website.

The lander “Chang’e-4” self made