CHINA has started growing crops on the moon in a landmark mission, making it the first country to cultivate agriculture in space.
The description reads: "After experimenting under the moon's high vacuum, large temperature difference, strong radiation and harsh conditions, mankind has grown the first plant sprout, realising man's first moon-based biological growth experiment."
Chang'e-4's probe took pictures of the cotton sprouts - but it was noted that the other plant seeds have not grown yet.
The crops are protected by temperature regulation and insulation within Chang'e-4's lander, shielding the them from the moon's harsh conditions.
On 3 January, Chang'e 4's lunar probe successfully landed on the Von Kármán crater - located on the far side of the moon.