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TechnologyChina Lunar Probe Will Be First to Explore Far Side of the Moon

12:20  07 december  2018
12:20  07 december  2018 Source:   bloomberg.com

In space first, China launches lunar rover to far side of the moon

In space first, China launches lunar rover to far side of the moon China is poised to become the first country in the world to explore the far side of the moon with the launch of a lunar rover Saturday, another step closer to its goal of becoming a space superpower. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The Chang'e 4 lunar mission lifted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the Sichuan province during the early morning hours, confirmed by Twitter account of the country's state media.

China ’s ambitious space program is going where no other program has gone before: the far side of the moon . The Chang’e-4 lunar probe is set to launch this Chang’e-4 also may carry silkworm eggs to conduct the first biological experiment. None of the government agencies involved in the space

The far side of the Moon is the hemisphere of the Moon that always faces away from Earth. The far side 's terrain is rugged with a multitude of impact craters and relatively few flat lunar maria.

China Lunar Probe Will Be First to Explore Far Side of the Moon© AFP/Getty Images A Long March-4C rocket lifts off from the southwestern Xichang launch centre carrying the Queqiao ("Magpie Bridge") satellite in Xichang, China's southwestern Sichuan province on May 21, 2018.

(Bloomberg) -- China’s ambitious space program is going where no other program has gone before: the far side of the moon.

The Chang’e-4 lunar probe is set to launch this month, state media has reported. If all goes according to plan, the spacecraft -- named after the mythical Moon Goddess -- will land within weeks in the moon’s Aitken Basin, where it will take images of the surface and samples of the soil.

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In a historic first , China has landed a rover on the far side of the moon , Chinese state media announced Thursday, a huge milestone for the nation as it attempts to position itself as a leading space power. China lunar rover touches down on far side of the moon , state media announce.

Beijing (CNN) China has unveiled a new lunar rover as it prepares to become the first nation in the world to explore the far side of the moon later this year. Beijing plans to launch its first Mars probe around 2020 to carry out orbital and rover exploration , followed by a second mission that would.

Landing in this unexplored region will enable Chang’e-4’s rover to better study the moon and space because of the lack of electromagnetic interference from Earth. The rover is equipped with a low-frequency radio spectrometer to help scientists understand “how the earliest stars were ignited and how our cosmos emerged from darkness after the Big Bang,” according to China’s official Xinhua News Agency.

The probe also will carry a tin filled with the seeds of potatoes and arabidopsis, a small flowering plant related to cabbage and mustard, Xinhua reported. Scientists will test whether the plants can grow while on the moon.

Chang’e-4 also may carry silkworm eggs to conduct the first biological experiment. None of the government agencies involved in the space program -- including the State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense; China’s National Space Administration; and China’s Lunar and Deep Space Exploration -- have published details of the Chang’e-4 launch.

China anxiously waits for lunar rover to touch down on far side of the moon

China anxiously waits for lunar rover to touch down on far side of the moon China is poised to become the first country to explore the far side of the moon with the launch of a lunar rover Saturday, another step closer to its goal of becoming a space superpower.

China is set to become the first nation to explore the far side of the moon , after Chang'e-4 lunar probe entered a planned orbit, ahead of its The far side has long fascinated scientists after being first photographed by the Soviet space probe Luna 3 in 1959. Whether or not this mission proves a

A Chinese spacecraft has become the first to land on the far side of the moon in a historic moment for human space exploration . Prior to confirmation of the landing and the release of the first close-up shots of the far lunar surface by China launches satellite to explore far side of moon – video.

In May, China launched a relay satellite called Queqiao that’s now orbiting about 450,000 kilometers (280,000 miles) from Earth, where a gravitational equilibrium can be maintained so it stays on course to relay messages from the rover back to Earth.

Chang’e is a series of probes that China has launched into orbit and landed on the moon. Chang’e-3, launched in 2013, and its rover Yutu, or Jade Rabbit, surveyed the moon’s geology and natural resources after a soft landing.

The country also plans to launch its first Mars probe by the end of this decade, according to a white paper on China’s space activities issued in 2016. It also aims to build its own space station in 2022, Xinhua reported.

The nation wants to be one of the world’s top three aerospace powers by 2030, Wu Yanhua, vice administrator of the China National Space Administration, said last year. Its space budget is about $8 billion a year, second only to the U.S., according to the Space Foundation in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Watch a Chinese probe land on the far side of the Moon

Watch a Chinese probe land on the far side of the Moon On January 2nd, China became the first country to land a spacecraft on the Moon’s far side (not the dark side) when its Chang’e-4 probe gently touched down the surface. Now, China’s space agency has released footage of the landing. The short video shows the robotic lander flying over the surface of the moon before abruptly tilting to descend (hovering at one point), before safely touching down in its new home, the Von Kármán crater. There, the lander released a rover, Yutu-2, which will explore the area around the lander.

China has launched a probe destined to become the first rover to land on the far side of the moon , state media reported on Saturday. Xinhua news agency reported that a Long March 3B rocket carrying the Chang'e-4 lunar probe took off from the country's southwestern Xichang launch center at 2:23

China ’s lunar probe , Chang’e-4, is set to explore the moon ’s mysterious far side . In early 2019, the Chinese civilian space program aims to land the It’s expected to make the first -ever soft landing on the far side of the moon , and provide more details on the location’s lunar soil components and terrain.

NASA is pursuing a dual path of building a lunar orbital platform and returning astronauts to the moon in the mid-2020s, with the eventual aim to send humans to Mars. The Mars InSight craft landed on the planet last month to study its interior to help answer questions about the early days of the solar system.

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Chinese rover finds lunar nights 'colder than expected'.
China's lunar lander has woken from a freezing fortnight-long hibernation to find night-time temperatures on the moon's dark side are colder than previously thought, the national space agency said Thursday. The Chang'e-4 probe -- named after a Chinese moon goddess -- made the first ever soft landing on the far side of the moon on January 3, a major step in China's ambitions to become a space superpower.

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