For the time, plants from Earth are growing on the moon. China's space showed photos of cotton seeds sprouting into . It said they were among plants that were growing. The other plants include , rock cress and rapeseed. It is of a Chinese project to the far side of the moon. The is called a "moon surface micro-ecological circle". Project leader Liu Hanlong says the cotton was the to sprout. He said he chose the plants they were small, strong and could grow in the difficult conditions on the moon's .
Professor Hanlong said the was to understand how plants grow in and to develop plants that can grow on the moon or in space. The professor said the is looking at the future in space. Learning about these plants growing could allow us to lay the for starting a space . The project also includes yeast and fruit flies in creating a mini-ecosystem. The plants will produce and food for the fruit flies; the could change the flies' and the dead plants into kind of food source.