The research program lunar Chinese (CLEP) has shown rice seeds with sprouts upon his return from the Moon aboard the recent Chang’e 5 mission.
After 22 days of mission, Chang’e 5 achieved its main objective of bringing lunar soil samples for the first time in 43 years and in scoop for China.
But there were also seeds in a special container on board the mission, recovered upon the arrival of the returner on December 17.
Specifically, the first aerospace rice cultivation has been achieved in China. The unfolding of the deep space mutagenesis experiment It is an important milestone to improve crops, according to CLEP. Orchid, alfalfa and oat seeds were also sent.
After being exposed to cosmic radiation and zero gravity, some seeds can mutate and produce higher yields and better quality when they are planted back on Earth, Chinese scientists say.
It is not possible to predict whether the seeds sent into space will eventually will they mutate or how they will. The answer will only be revealed from now on, when they return to Earth to plant them and continue their cultivation.