China's Chang'e-4 lunar probe will carry a biosphere

The probe, to be landed on the far side of the moon later this year, will carry a tin containing seeds of potato and Arabidopsis, a small flowering plant related to cabbage and mustard, and probably also some silkworm eggs, to conduct the first biological experiment on the Moon. The "lunar mini biosphere" experiment was designed by 28 Chinese universities, led by southwest China's Chongqing University.
The cylindrical tin, made from special aluminum alloy materials, is 18 cm tall, with a diameter of 16 cm, a net volume of 0.8 liters and a weight of 3 kilograms. The tin will also contain water, a nutrient solution, air and equipment such as a small camera and data transmission system.

Source: China Bio news release, April 13, 2018

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