China has recently declared a plan to send mini-ecosystems to the Moon in 2018.
Chongqing University in China has developed a 3-kilogramme mini-ecosystem that will be sent to the Moon by Chang’e 4 Vehicle.
The mission to the moon is planned for 2018, and will also include a rover.
The ecosystem is a small cylinder measuring 18 by 16 centimeters (7.1 by 6.3 inches). The seeds won’t be the only lifeforms sent up to the moon, however.
The Chinese mission also plans to send silkworm eggs inside the ecosystem.
The silkworms will hatch and create carbon dioxide, while the potato plants will generate oxygen.
The purpose of the mission is to prepare for future moon landings and possible human inhabitants.