Chinese probe heads for far side of the moon

11 December, 2018, 02:50 | Author: Amos Gonzales
  • It's Official: A Lander Is Headed to The Far Side of The Moon

"The mission "Chang'e-4" (Chang'e-4) the probe and the lunar Rover needs to land in the crater of the pocket on the side of the moon that is never visible from the Earth", - stated in the message.

The mission will pave the way for the country to deliver samples of Moon rock and soil to Earth.

Unlike the near side of the moon that is "tidally locked" and always faces the earth, and offers many flat areas to touch down on, the far side is mountainous and rugged.

The Chang'e 4 mission will enable scientists to discover what they haven't known about the moon.

Chang'e 4's rover has six wheels, two solar panels, a radar dish as well as multiple cameras, show pictures published by the China National Space Administration.

China conducted its first crewed space mission in 2003, making it only the third country after Russian Federation and the U.S.to do so. Launched in may this year and it reached the Lagrange point on the opposite side of the moon.

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Chang'e-4 will be the second Chinese probe to land on the moon.

China, which is investing billions in its military-run space programme, hopes to have a crewed space station by 2022.

In orbit, the relay satellite can "see" both the earth and the far side of the moon.

Rover Utah that was part of the mission "Chang'e-3", explored the satellite in 2013. The scientific instruments on its lander are still operating, making Chang'e-3 the longest working man-made probe on the moon.

China's latest mission closely follows the touchdown of NASA's InSight spacecraft on Mars on Monday, at a site less than 400 miles (640 kilometers) from the American rover Curiosity, the only other working robot on Mars.

Although the Chinese government has long stressed its "peaceful motives" in space exploration, Washington increasingly views China - along with Russian Federation - as a potential threat, accusing Beijing of working to bring new weapons into space and prompting President Donald Trump to announce the establishment of a US Space Force by 2020.

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