Live: Seedlings from rice seeds brought back by Chang'e-5 transplanted – Ep. 33
CGTN, 31 Mar 2021
After growing in labs and soil at South China Agricultural University for more than a month, the rice seedlings are being transplanted to the experimental field of Zengcheng Teaching and Research Bases of the university on Monday. Check out this livestream to see the seedlings at a newly-moved test spot.
The Chang'e-5 lunar probe went through its 23-day space journey from November 24 to December 17, carrying various plant seeds, including 40 grams of rice seeds. These seeds traveled through the Van Allen belts and encountered violent sunspot activity during the trip. It was the first time that Chinese researchers conducted mutation breeding experiments in deep space. The seeds came back to Earth aboard the spacecraft and were planted in labs and soil at South China Agricultural University in Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong Province, where the newly-moved field was being prepared as well.