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On Monday, China's space agency announced the Chang'e 5 lunar mission would launch by the end of the year with a goal to bring moon samples back to Earth.

'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 Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations shared its glee on Twitter, saying, "China's moon mission success means that astronauts could potentially harvest their own food in space!"

The Chang'e-4 probe had achieved the expected landing precision.

Chang'e 4 touched down in early January. The series of missions will also lay the groundwork for the construction of a lunar research base, possibly using 3D printing technology to build facilities.

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The far side of the Moon, which humans know much less about than the side that faces the Earth, is often mistakenly called the "dark" side, though it is not actually deprived of light.

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.