Image: China's lunar rover Jade Rabbit 2.
"This is the first time humans have done biological growth experiments on the lunar surface", said Xie Gengxin, who led the design of the experiment.
Around the end of this year, China plans to launch Chang'e 5, which is to collect and bring back samples from the near side of the moon, the first time that has been done since 1976.
The biosphere also contains a tiny camera, and as the tweet above shows, it beamed back an image of the seeds sprouting and growing buds.
Earlier today China has released incredible footage of its historic touchdown on the icy far side of the moon.
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In an attempt to better understand how plants and animals could grow and live on the lunar surface, Chongqing University equipped the Chang'e 4 lander with a "mini-biosphere" experiment, which is created to be a self-sustaining ecosystem, according to Chinese state-run news agency Xinhua. "We will study their photosynthesis under strong sunlight and compare it with the experiment on the Earth".
On January 3rd, the Chang'e-4 became the first craft to ever land on the far side of the moon.
They were also selected to be able to adapt to the harsh conditions of the moon, where they will have to withstand powerful temperatures - both high and low - as well as radiation.
The mini biosphere experiment was developed by a team of scientists from Chongqing University in southwest China in collaboration with researchers from 26 domestic scientific research institutions and universities, according to Liu Hanlong, vice chancellor of the Chongqing University. The ability to grow plants in space is seen as crucial for long-term space missions and establishing human outposts elsewhere in the solar system, such as Mars.
The experiment is being monitored 24 hours a day, with the data to be analysed and summarised in preparation for future experiments. The series of missions will also lay the groundwork for the construction of a lunar research base, possibly using 3D printing technology to build facilities.