China Probe Geared To Land On Dark Side Of The Moon

Rodiano Bonacci
Dicembre 1, 2019

The far side of the moon isn't dark, we don't see it from Earth and as such the far side is much less known and studied than the side of the moon we see.

The reason the landing on the far side of the moon is so hard is that direct communication between the rover and Earth will be blocked.

China launched the first mission to the moon that is set to make a soft landing on the moon's far side, sometimes called the dark side.

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.

The space control centre will select a "proper time" to land the probe on the far side of the moon, Xinhua reported.

The Chang'e 4 spacecraft, launched December 7 on a Long March-3B rocket, initially entered lunar orbit five days later on December 12, deploying a landing craft and a surface rover in preparation for its descent.

The Chang'e-4 mission will be a key step in revealing the moon's mysterious side, a report by state-run Xinhua news agency said. With direct communications with the spacecraft impossible, China is using a relay satellite to send communications to Earth.

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. 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.

Chang'e-4 mission has four scientific payloads developed by scientists from the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden and Saudi Arabia.

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