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It contains soil and cotton, rape, arabidopsis and potato seeds.

"It is the first technical demonstration that we can grow plants on another planetary body", he said.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations shared its glee on Twitter, saying, "China's moon mission success means that astronauts could potentially harvest their own food in space!".

But it's also a supermoon, where the moon is at its closest point to Earth.

It marks the first time any biological matter has grown on the Moon, and is being seen as a significant step towards long-term space exploration. And even the cotton plant is looking pretty peaky compared to seedlings in a control setup the scientists established on Earth.

On Jan. 3, the Chang'e-4's lander became the first human-built spacecraft to touch down on the moon's so-called "dark side".

The ruling Communist Party's official mouthpiece the People's Daily tweeted an image of the sprouted seed, saying it marked "the completion of humankind's first biological experiment on the Moon".

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Now, in the first ever biological experiment to take place on the moon, cotton seeds housed in a sealed container on board the Chang'e 4 lander have begun to sprout.

Professor Liu Hanlong was in charge of the mission and issued the following statement on the accomplishment: "We have given consideration to future survival in space".

"Experts are still discussing and verifying the feasibility of subsequent projects, but it's confirmed that there will be another three missions after Chang'e 5", said Wu.

China has made space exploration a top priority in recent years, as it races to catch up with Russian Federation and the U.S. and become a major space power by 2030.

Chinese scientists describe the mini biosphere as an "outer space ecosystem experiment" that will "reveal the growth and development status of plants and animals under the low gravity, strong radiation and natural lighting conditions of the moon".

It carefully adjusts its descent to avoid ditches and dents as it plummets into the moon's asteroid-battered Von Kármán Crater, which Chang'e-4 landed in on January 2. Cotton could be used for clothing, rapeseed for oil, and the potatoes a source of food.

Wu Yanhua, the deputy head of the China National Space Administration also announced that China will send a mission to Mars in 2020.

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