Rice seeds sprout on the Moon, aboard the Chang'e 5 mission

TUESDAY, JANUARY 12TH, 2021.-

After being exposed to cosmic radiation and zero gravity, some seeds may have better quality.

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The Chinese Lunar Research Program (CLEP) has shown rice seeds with shoots on their return from the Moon aboard the recent Chang'e 5 mission.

After 22 days of mission, Chang'e 5 achieved its main goal of bringing samples of lunar soil for the first time in 43 years and in scoop for China.

But there were also seeds in a special container aboard the mission, recovered at the arrival of the returner on December 17.

In particular, the first aerospace rice crop in China has been achieved. The deployment of the mutagenesis experiment in deep space is an important milestone in improving crops, according to CLEP. Orchid, alfalfa and oatmeal 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 re-planted on Earth, Chinese scientists say.

It is not possible to predict whether the seeds sent to space will eventually 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.

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