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tube to direct the natural light on the surface of Moon into the tin to make the plants grow," said Xie▓ Gengxin, chief 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 arabidopsis is short and convenient to observe. And po▓tato could become a majo

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being encouraged to participate in the C▓hang'e-4 mission. The China National Space Administration▓ (CNSA) launched a contest among students across China in 20▓16, collecting ideas on the design of the payloads.The "lunar mini biosphere" experiment was selected fr▓om more than 200 submissions, according to the CNSA.Tidal forces of the Earth have slowed the Moon's rotation to the point where the same side always faces the Earth, a phenomenon calle▓d tidal locking. The other face, most of which is never visible from the Earth, is the far side of t▓he Moon.With its special environment and complex geological history, the far side is a hot spo▓t for

scientific and space exploration. However, landing and roving there requires a relay satellite to tra▓nsmit signals.It has been reported that China plans to send a relay satellite for C▓hang'e-4 to the halo orbit of the Earth-Moo▓n Lagrange Point L2 in late May or early June 2018, and th▓en launch the Chang'e-4 lunar lander and rover to the Aitk▓en Basin of the south pole region of the▓ Moon about half a year later.The Von Karman Crater, named after a Hungarian-American mathematician, aerospace engineer and physi▓cist, in the Aitken Basin, was chosen as

the landing site for Chang'e-4. The region is believed to have great▓ scientific researc

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more complicated than Chang'e-3, China's first soft landing on the Moon in 2013, said Liu Tongjie, deputy director of the Lunar Exploration and Space Program Center of CNSA.As the relay satellite will be sent to the Earth-Moon Lagrange Point L2 about 450,000 kilometers from the Earth, where a gravitational equilibrium can be maintaine

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d, it could stay in stable orbit and operate for a ▓long time."We will make 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 aerospace expert and consultant to China's lunar explorat▓ion program.The Lunar

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