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plants grow," said Xie Gengxin, chi▓ef designer of the experiment."We want to study the respiration of the seeds and the photosynthesis on the Moon," said Liu."Why potato and arabidopsis? Because the growth period of arabi▓dopsis is short and convenient to observe. And potatoes could become a major source of food for future space travelers," said Liu. "Our experiment might help accumulate knowledge for building a lunar ba▓se and long-term residence on the Moon."The far sideWith its special environment and complex ge▓ological history, the far side of the Moon is a▓ hot spot for scientific and space expl

oration.However, landing and roving there requires a relay satellite to transmit signals.It has been reported that China plans to send a relay satellite for Chang'e-4 to the ha▓lo orbit of the Earth-Moon Lagrange Point L2 in late May or early June 2018, and then launch the Chang'e-4 lunar lander and rover to the Aitken Basin of the south pole region of the Moon about half a year later.The Von Karman Crater in th

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e Aitken Basin was chosen as the landing site for Chang'e-4 as the region is believed to have great scientific research pote▓ntial. As a gravitational equilibrium can be maint▓ained there, it will be able to stay in stable orbit and operate for a long time."We will m▓ake efforts to enable the relay satellite to work as long as possible to serve other ▓probes, including those from other countries," said Ye Peijian, a leading Chinese ae▓rospace expert and consultant to China's lunar exploration program.The Lunar Exploration and Space Program Center of the China National Space Administration (CNSA) has invited the public ▓to write down their hopes for lunar and space exploration. More than