More than a dozen people put the foot on the Moon, while space agencies send even more rovers and orbiters to study and explore our natural satellite. However, very few things are known about the dark side of the Moon. That’s going to change, though, as the Chinese space agency launched first China’s lunar rover to the far side of the Earth’s natural satellite.
After they spent several years developing the Chang’e-4 mission, the Chinese scientists launched the lunar rover on Saturday. The spacecraft is now heading to the dark side of the Moon, as we speak. While Chang’e-4 would be China’s first rover to explore the dar side of the Earth’s natural satellite, it is the second lunar exploration mission for the Chinese space agency after Chang’e-3 landed on the Moon in 2013.
Chang’e-4 lunar rover is a very ambitious project and, if successful, it would be the first spacecraft that would land on the dark side of the Moon.
China’s Lunar Rover Is Heading To The Dark Side Of The Moon
To land a lunar rover on the dark side of the Moon is not as simple as it would be to land one on the visible side of our natural satellite. The process would be sophisticated as the communication with the Earth would be impossible from the far side of the Moon. However, the Chinese researchers addressed that issue in May with the launch of a Chinese lunar satellite that would ensure the communication between Chang’e-4 and Chinese mission’s HQ.
If everything goes as planned, Chang’e-4 lunar rover will land on the dark side of the Moon in January 2019 in the Von Karman crater, located in the southern hemisphere of the Earth’s natural satellite.
The Chang’e-4 mission consists of a mobile lunar rover and a stationary lander, both equipped with a whole bunch of scientific instruments that would allow scientists to shed more light, metaphorically speaking, on the dark side of the Moon.
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