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China sending potatoes, weeds along with humans to the moon

Image result for China sending potatoes,  moonSeveral countries across the world are currently eyeing earth’s celestial companion; among which China is one of the most promising contenders, planning to send not only astronauts. but also the eggs of silkworms, a tiny weed named Arabidopsis (rockcress), and potato plants to the moon by the end of the year. “The eggs will hatch into silkworms, which can produce carbon dioxide, while the potatoes and seeds emit oxygen through photosynthesis. Together, they can establish a simple ecosystem on the Moon,” the chief designer of the container, Zhang Yuanxun, told the China Daily. It may sound like a crazy idea; but it might prove to be a useful way of testing whether or not humans would be able to survive on the moon. Representatives from as many as 29 Chinese Universities were involved in creating the container of 3 kilograms and 18 centimeters long. (Source: International Business Times)