Autobots, roll out! China lands on the dark side of the moon

China just landed a spacecraft on the far side of the moon: state media

China just landed a spacecraft on the far side of the moon: state media

Chang'e-4's low-frequency radio astronomical observation on the moon's far side will fill many gaps in astronomical observation.

We've known for a long time about the CNSA's ambitions to get a probe landed on the far side of the Moon - and it has now made good on its promise.

"There's a lot of geopolitics or astropolitics about this, it's not just a scientific mission, this is all about China's rise as a superpower", said Davis.

"It's a very good start", said Wu Weiren, chief designer of China's lunar exploration program, in an interview with state broadcaster CCTV.

The success by the Chinese agency comes as NASA remains barred from working with China on spaceflight activities.

The landing on Thursday brought the country closer to its goal of becoming a space power. "There's no doubt that our nation will go farther and farther". But China is considering a crewed mission, as well. These are the first images captured from the surface.In addition, Purdue University planetary scientist Briony Horgan's name was misspelled as Briorny. "On Mars, you can pick out smooth areas".

The former Soviet Union was the first country to launch a space probe, Luna 3, to explore the far side of the moon, in 1959.

Since the earliest days of lunar exploration, communication back to Earth was always the challenge on the far side of the moon.

Not only is it more hard to land on the far side of the moon, but relaying information from there is also very challenging.

The Chinese authorities are hoping for a more useful visit to our natural satellite, using the experience gained from the 2014 Chang'e 3 lander and its Jade Rabbit rover.

It communicates with Earth via the Queqiiao relay satellite, which launched in May to enable contact between ground controllers and Chang'e-4. Knowing the age and chemical composition of this crash zone would help understand Earth's ancient history better, said Purdue's Melosh. Chang'e 4 will study its terrain. Yang Liwei, Deputy Director of China's Manned Space Agency, said in March 2018 that the separate parts of the T-shaped station will be launched and assembled in orbit, according to SpaceTechAsia. Instead of finding a collection of record players spinning Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon backwards, the probe sent back a photograph of a desolate rocky surface pitted with a single crater, said to be the oldest and deepest on the moon.

Chang'e 1: China's first lunar mission launched in 2007. Its space program suffered a rare setback past year with the failed launch of its Long March 5 rocket.

"There are two weeks of daylight and two weeks of night on every spot on the lunar surface", Charlie Duke, the Lunar Module pilot on the Apollo 16 mission, told Space.com. "And we're gradually realizing it".

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