17 January 2019
The idea of a biological payload was selected from 257 suggestions collected from high school and college students in 2016. This can also serve as a proof that the original purpose of the payload was for promotion of science. The plant in the mini ecosystem on Chang'e 4 died of extreme cold as the Moon's far side turned away from the Sun. "During the 212.75 hours from power-on to power-off, the payload worked well. Some of the results exceeded our expectations," explained Xie Gengxin, the payload's designer and dean of Chongqing University's Institute of Advanced Technology.
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