The 32-storey tall, most powerful rocket ever built so far
has successfully lifted off this morning
on its test journey towards and around the moon.
Emma Woollacott's recent article for the BBC
neatly summarizes what the basic concept
and related current projects are all about.
Recent experiments have shown that
"terrestrial plants are capable of growth in lunar regolith"
but that major "metabolic challenges need to be surmounted".