Cotton farming is possible in lunar environment, Chinese experiments say
Will denim of the future come from the Moon? This could be a chance not far from reality, according to the latest Chinese discoveries…
On 3 January 2019, the Chang’e 4, the Chang Chinese lunar exploration mission, reached the first soft landing on the far side of the Moon to determine the age and terrain composition of this unexplored region. Meanwhile, a never seen before experiment has been tested: the lander also has 3kgs canister containing six different biological species that are intended to germinate and grow, like seeds for cotton, rapeseed, potato and Arabidopsis.
In these days the first results: China has released pictures showing the sprouting of cotton plants, marking the first time that humans have grown plants on the lunar surface. “A small green shoot is growing on the Moon after a cotton seed germinated onboard a Chinese lunar lander”, scientists said. The sprout has emerged from a lattice-like structure inside the canister.
Even if this is not the first time that astronauts and researchers have grown plants in a space environment (before, multiple species of plants have grown on board the International Space Station, including zinnia flowers, lettuce, and sunflowers), this is the first time that plants have been grown in the unique lunar environment. Moon has one-sixth of the gravity, extreme temperature variations, and much higher levels of radiation, so this is pretty much unbelievable!
An astonishing result that makes us, as Denim Freaks, to this thinking: if there is life on Moon, farming is possible and something is actually growing, will we wear jeans and denim items coming from the Moon in the future? Well, we hope so…