Tuesday, September 12, 2006

China Farming In Outer Space?

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I have mentioned this before previously, but it seems that several days ago China has finally launched their satellite which will expose grain to radiation in order to (hopefully) produce a better crop within their farmlands.

(Earth Times) China today launched a satellite from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, which is carrying 215 kilograms of seeds of plants and fungus, Xinhua reports. The seed-breeding satellite called "Shijian-8" is apparently designed to test how space-enhanced produce can increase the efficiency of the country's food production.

The Shijian-8 was launched aboard a Long March 2C rocket. China National Space Administration informed that the mission was to enable scientists to figure out a process to cultivate "high-yield and high-quality plants."

China is becoming more aggressive about its space program, and with their recent partnership with Russia they may retake the Moon before NASA does.

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