The rover will used ground-penetrating radar to map the moon’s inner structures, analyze soil and rock samples for minerals and chemicals with potential economic value, and activate a radio telescope to search for possible signals from distant universes.
The craft also carried a canister filled with air, soil, water, bacterium, silkworm eggs, the seeds of a small flowering plant and a potato. Scientists hope that the small ecosystem will spring to life and produce the first blossoming flowers on the moon in about three months’ time.
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