China’s probe lands on far said of moon, sends images
- A Chinese space probe touched down on the far side of the moon, China’s space agency said.
- The Chang’e-4 lunar probe, launched in December, made the “soft landing” at 02.26 GMT and transmitted the first-ever “close range” image of the far side of the moon, the China National Space Administration said.
- The landing “lifted the mysterious veil” of the far side of the moon and “opened a new chapter in human lunar exploration.
- The probe, which has a lander and a rover, touched down at a targeted area near the moon’s south pole in the Von Karman Crater, after entering its orbit in mid-December.
- The moon is tidally locked to Earth, rotating at the same rate as it orbits our planet, so most of the far side — or “dark side” — is never visible to us.
- Previous spacecraft have seen the far side, but none has landed on it.
Task of chang’e 4
- The tasks of the Chang’e-4 include astronomical observation, surveying the moon’s terrain, land form and mineral make-up, and measuring the neutron radiation and neutral atoms to study the environment of its far side.
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