'From the panorama, we can see the probe is surrounded by lots of small craters, which was really thrilling, ' said Li Chunlai, deputy director of the National Astronomical Observatories of China and commander-in-chief of the ground application system of Chang'e-4. This will take place in the enclosed canister and will not affect the lunar environment, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) stated.
Along with cotton, five other species-seeds of rapeseed, potato and Arabidopsis, fruit fly eggs and yeast-were also aboard, but neither images nor clear reports on these have been released.
The Chang'e-4 probe had achieved the expected landing precision.
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Beijing's Chang'e-4 mission has successfully planted cotton seeds on the far side of the moon, as part of an experiment to test biosphere conditions on the lunar surface. At least two of them will land on the moon's south pole and conduct research, he said. Meanwhile, sprouts in an Earth-based control experiment were shown to be evidently performing much better. Rather, they could harvest and grow their food on the moon. All countries are welcome to participate in China's follow-up lunar exploration and deep space exploration projects, he said.
The People's Daily, the official state media for China's ruling Communist Party, tweeted a picture of the experiment, and claimed it is "humankind's first biological experiment on the Moon".
However, plants have successfully been grown on the global Space Station (ISS).
Another objective of the mission was to test whether plants could grow in a low-gravity environment, a test which appears to have already yielded results.