The Chinese have sent to the moon potatoes

The Chinese have sent to the moon potatoes

A Chinese Long March 3B rocket lifts off from Xichang Satellite Launch Center, sending the Chang'e-4 probe into space.

China has launched a lunar rover on a historic mission to explore the dark side of the moon, with the potential to make revolutionary discoveries about the possibility of extraplanetary life. Three scientific and technological experiments will also be carried out.

China has promoted worldwide cooperation in its lunar exploration program, with four scientific payloads of the Chang'e-4 mission developed by scientists from the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden and Saudi Arabia.

It is indicated that China has ambitious plans in space: by 2020, the country plans to send a moon Rover to build by 2022 own space station and send to 2029 research mission to Jupiter.

Because the far side of the moon is free from interference from radio frequencies, the mission requires a relay satellite to transmit signals that was launched into place this year.

And as no lander or rover has ever touched the particular area of moon, China grabs the top spot as the first nation to explore the area.

It was not until 1959 that the erstwhile Soviet Union captured the first images of the heavily cratered far side of the moon.

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"We want to study the respiration of the seeds and the photosynthesis on the Moon", explained Liu Hanlong, who is chief director of the experiment and vice president of Chongqing University.

Chang'e-4 will likely touch down on the Moon's surface on December 31.

Scientists hope to land the probe in an area with many geological features such as the transition zone between highlands and basins to get more scientific information.

India is planning to send its Chandrayaan-2, its second mission to the moon, which is a Rs 800 crore satellite, along with an orbitter, lander and a rover, early in 2019.

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.

Model of Chang'e moon lander. The Chang'e 3 mission marked first soft-landing by a spacecraft on the moon in almost four decades.

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