China's Lunar Rover May Face Challenges On Moon's Far Side

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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.

"We have given consideration to future survival in space", Liu told the Hong Kong-based news outlet.

China is now the third country to establish a presence on the moon after the United States and Russian Federation. Regardless of whether the soil could support plants, the far side of the moon has high mountains, craters and few large, flat areas, said Sun Zezhou, chief designer of the Chang'e-4 lunar lander.

Seeds have sprouted on the Moon for the first time - in a mini biosphere experiment on China's Chang'e-4 lander.

Chinese scientists are hoping that both the potatoes and rockcress will root and sprout in the container within the 100-day experimental period they have set. Once on the Moon's far side, ground control commanded the lander to water the seeds.

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The image from the China National Space Administration shows the first image of the moon's far side taken by China's Chang'e-4 probe.

As the BBC reports, one of the experiments China sent to the moon is a biosphere, which consists of a sealed 18-by-16cm container offering an Earth-like environment.

"It suggests that there might not be insurmountable problems for astronauts in future trying to grow their own crops on the moon in a controlled environment". A People's Daily tweet said the test photo, "marks the completion of humankind's first biological experiment on the moon".

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The idea is that the plants produce oxygen and food for the fruit flies.

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The CNSA declared they will return back to the moon this year with the Chang'e-5 mission, as well as launch three successive missions in the following years.

"My firm belief is that we should integrate China into the International Space Station program".

The moon is tidally locked to Earth, rotating at the same rate as it orbits our planet, so most of the far side - or "dark side" - is never visible to us.

According to Wu Yanhua, deputy director of the China National Space Administration (CNSA), a primary analysis has shown that the northwestern region from the probe is relatively flat, and the probe will mainly drive to the region.

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