Chang'e 4 mission prepares for far side of the moon landing

Chang'e 4 mission prepares for far side of the moon landing

Ground control in Beijing will choose a suitable time to try the landing, China's space agency said.

It is now expected that China's lunar lander and rover spacecraft Chang'e-4 will be landing on the far side of the moon.

The Chang'e 4 mission will allow scientists to discover what they don't about the moon.

In December, China launched the probe "Chang'e-4" (Chang'e-4), which for the first time in the history of mankind has to sit on the opposite side of the moon, with vast Land. It didn't say when the landing would occur.

It will also investigate the Aitken basin, one of the largest craters in the solar system.

The scientific tasks of the Chang'e-4 mission include low-frequency radio astronomical observation, surveying the terrain and landforms, detecting the mineral composition and shallow lunar surface structure, and measuring the neutron radiation and neutral atoms to study the environment on the far side of the moon, according to CNSA.

While humans have visited the near side, or the visible side of the moon multiple times, the dark side of the moon has long fascinated humanity.

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The Moon is tidally locked to Earth, rotating at the same rate that it orbits our planet, so the far side - or the "dark side" - is never visible from Earth.

For those unaware, the near side of the moon was reached by United States astronauts between 1969 and 1976, while the Soviet Union achieved the feat in 1976.

The Chang'e 4 is very similar to the Chang'e 3, which was China's very first Moon landing success, and its successor is actually a backup version of the previous model that has been modified to carry out new mission objectives.

China is ready to become the first country to send a probe to the dark side of the moon. Oftentimes it's setting a lofty goal we'd like to achieve over the following 12 months, but China's space agency won't need to wait almost that long to place a large feather in its 2019 cap.

Viewed by the worldwide science community as a key mission in Beijing's burgeoning space program, Chang'e 4 will make astronomical observations, survey lunar terrain and study the composition of minerals.

China wants to catch up to 2030 to the leading space powers, Russian Federation and the United States.

Beijing, for its part, insists its intentions are completely peaceful.

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