China has solidified itself in the human history books for being the first country to ever grow any biological life on the Moon's surface.
China recently launched their space mission called "Chang'e 4", the mission's goal was to land successfully on the side of the moon to gather intelligence and perform tests that have never been done before. 'Chang'e 4' had a successful soft landing and within its cargo there were soil containing cotton and potato seeds, yeast and fruit fly eggs. Now, information has been relayed back to China from the craft with news that the cotton seeds have now grown buds, marking "the completion of humankind's first biological experiment on the Moon ".
Why is this relevant and extremely important? Well, now that we have proof that biological life can start growing in extremely different levels of gravity, future astronauts with goals of colonizing the moon now have the option of growing food naturally in controlled environments. This would be useful when the human race decides to start building infrastructure on the moon with the ultimate goal in mind of eventually using the moon as a space to travel to and from Earth to Mars or surrounding planets.
Here is quote from Prof Xie Gengxin, the experiment's chief designer, " We have given consideration to future survival in space. Learning about these plants' growth in a low-gravity environment would allow us to lay the foundation for our future establishment of space base. "