Can China plant vegetables on the moon? Soil samples brought back by Chang’a5 that trigger online discussions


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Can China plant vegetables on the moon? What can we put? The heated discussion began with online discussions on the weekend after Chang’s return to Earth on Thursday with 1,731 grams of samples from the Moon.

But science must have disappointed him. An anchor of CCTV, Zhu Guangquan said, “Unlike organic soil on Earth, soil from the moon has no organic nutrients nor is it dry, which is neither suitable for growing vegetables nor potatoes. . ” CCTV’s Weibo account on Saturday, quoting scientists.

Chinese netizens are very interested in growing vegetables on the moon. Sina Weibo was discussed more than 63.3 million times on the topic “Lunar soil vegetables cannot actually grow vegetables” and more than 17,000 times as of press time.

There were over 8,100 comments below the video. “Chinese people really hold to the idea of ​​growing vegetables throughout history,” a Saina Weibo user @Siberian-Shueh joked.

Another Weibo user commented, “Yuan Longping’s eyes are lit: there is no place where rice can’t grow!” Yuan is a globally renowned agronomist previously known for developing hybrid rice strains, termed as the “father of hybrid rice”.

Although the soil on the moon cannot grow vegetables, it can be used in other ways. According to a video posted by CCTV, long-term solar wind injected large amounts of helium-3 into lunar soil, which can be used as clean energy and generate electricity via thermonuclear fusion is.

China’s National Space Administration (CNSA) held a lunar sampling handover ceremony in Beijing on Saturday morning, where the sample was handed over to the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

CNSA Deputy Chief Wu Yanhua said the lunar samples would be divided into three parts for different purposes. Laboratories will receive some for scientific research, while the other two will be displayed in national museums for public education and shared with the international community according to lunar data management regulations. It can even be given as a special gift to countries that work closely with China on aerospace matters.

One Weibo user also boldly said, “If we can’t grow vegetables on the moon, how about going to Mars and how to get some soil samples for study?”

As of last week’s update to CNASA, China launched the country’s first Mars probe on July 23, named Tianwen-1 and currently, it has traveled 370 million kilometers and traveled 100 million kilometers from Earth. Has reached more.

Chinese Navy soldiers have successfully grown vegetables in the sand at Yongkang Island in the Zisha Island of the South China Sea. In addition, the Chinese scientific expedition team has also grown vegetables in Antarctica.

Global Times

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