It was forty eight years ago that United States astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin first landed on the moon, and yet we're still a long way away from calling our orbiting rock a second home. But Chinese scientists would like to send at least one living thing from planet Earth to live on our gray-cast cousin—they're attempting to grow potatoes on Moon.
Chongqing University scientists have created a silkworm-driven mini-ecosystem, in which the worms provide carbon dioxide to the potato seedlings, which in turn put out the oxygen the creatures need to survive. All this will happen in box no bigger than three kilograms, according to reports from the South China Morning Post.
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The box will arrive on the moon's surface in 2018, as part of the country's Chang'e 4 mission, one meant to land on the moon and explore the lunar surface with a rover.