[FPSPACE] "Space agriculture" facility @ Wenchang

Chen Lan chenlan at singnet.com.sg
Wed Nov 5 10:41:32 EST 2008

I understand it refers to the "mutation breeding" projects by putting plant and vegetable seeds in space in hope to get improved varieties. They believe that cosmic rays do the job better than radioactive rays do on the ground. Although it is still very controversial, China has done these on FSW and Shenzhou spacecraft for many years. There are already some small scale farms in other places of China to grow the seeds returned from space. The Hainan one is just the latest on the list. Normally, the so-called space vegetables or crop reach the supermarkets after several generations in these farms. However, I think that the Hainan one will mainly be for tourists, instead of an important research base.

Chen Lan

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> I'm not sure I understand what this is. Are they going to be developing technologies for long-duration autonomous life support? 
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> http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90776/6528131.html
> A "space manor" to be built in Wenchang, Hainan
> 6:50, November 05, 2008
> A "space manor" will be built as an auxiliary facility for China's fourth space launch center, which is scheduled to begin construction in Wenchang soon.
> According to Sun Yongcheng, director of China's Center for Space Mutation Breeding, the planned "space manor" will include a demonstration base for space mutation breeding, a space spirulina production base, a carbon dioxide utilization project, an exhibition hall of space mutation breeding and a space restaurant.
> He said that the theme of the "space manor" project will center on space agriculture and highlight the achievements of China's aerospace technology serving the agricultural industry.
> By People's Daily Online
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