(ECNS) -- Chinese astronauts have successfully grown rice seedlings onboard the Tiangong space station.
This experiment may yield critical insights on how astronauts can cultivate staple food in orbit to support long-term missions.
Since the experiment began on July 29, the high straw rice variety seedlings have reached a length of 30 centimeters.
The Tiangong experiment is the first aiming to replicate the complete life cycle of the plant, beginning with a seed and ending with a mature plant producing new seeds.
The samples will be collected and frozen by astronauts, and finally returned to the ground for analysis.