China has grand ambitions of someday putting a human on the moon, but first they are starting a bit smaller with the potato.
Potatoes will be on board the Chang’e-4 when it leaves Earth’s atmosphere for the moon next year, Xinhua reports. The spuds will be sealed inside a “mini ecosystem” alongside some brave silkworm larvae.
The goal of this experiment is to see whether the potatoes and silkworms will be able survive on the surface of the moon, providing some critical information if humanity ever does decide to establish a lunar colony. Of course, Matt Damon has already proven that an astronaut can manage to survive on spuds alone.
Chinese space scientists frequently have food on the mind, growing the world’s first “space mangoes” during the Shenzhou-11 mission last year.
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