The Moon Receives Chinese Visitors

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On Thursday a Chinese spacecraft made the first landing to the moon’s furthest side fact which is also part of the latest achievement for the growing space program of the country.

This side of the moon is known as the dark one, and it has never been explored before.

Chang’e 4, a lunar explorer, took a photo of the moon and published it online at 11:40 a.m. It shows a barren surface and a small crater both illuminated by a light from the probe.

The lunar explorer has first touched down the surface at 10:26 a.m., according to the China National Space Administration. China Central Television, a state broadcaster, announced the landing at the top of its noon news broadcast.

This is what highlights the growing ambitions of China as a space power. Chang’e 3 in 2013, the older sibling of the current mission doer landed on the moon for the first time since Soviet Union’s Luna 24 did in 1976. Only the US did this before.

China did not have it easy because communicating with Earth and operating on the far side of the moon is not an easy task. China’s relay satellite was launched a few months ago, in May, in order for Chang’e 4 to be able to send back the information needed.

China does not stop here as they want to have another such mission next year but only more complicated. They are also looking forward to bringing moon samples to the Earth.

Chang’e 4 was carried by a Long March 3B rocket and blasted off on 8th of December from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southern China. The name of the craft comes from a Chinese goddess who, based on the legend, has lived on the moon for millennia.


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