The swab that became the first plant to be born on the hidden side of the Moon died due to the onset of the lunar night, during which temperatures could drop to 170 degrees Celsius below zero.
Chinese media reported on Thursday that the probe China Chang & # 39; and 4 It had been completed and, although the outbreak images were published last Tuesday, on Sunday the 13th, the ship had already entered the energy-saving mode during the lunar night mentioned (which is equivalent to 14 terrestrial days) .
However, scientists had already anticipated the brevity of the experiment. "Life inside the flask will not survive the lunar night," the professor in charge of the project told Xinhuan. Xie Gengxin, gives Chongqing University.
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"During the 212.75 hours from start to finish, the load worked well, some of the results exceeded our expectations," he added.
The source said the photo distributed by the National Space Agency of China on Tuesday (ANEC) in which the outbreak is seen "growing in a healthy way" was carried out last 12 at 20.00 local time (07.00 in Peru).
Xie, also rector of the Institute of Advanced technology of Chongqing University, the experiment helped them gain "an immense amount of valuable information." In any case, the scientist indicated that the main objective of this experiment was "the popularization of science".
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