A Chinese spacecraft landed on the other side of the moon Thursday, State Media said.
Lunar researcher Chang # 4 landed at 10:26 local time, Chinese Central Television said in a brief announcement at the top of his noon news program.
The other side of the moon faces the earth and is relatively unexplored. It is also referred to as the dark side of the moon.
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The mission of Chang & # 39; e 4, which carries a rover, involves conducting low-frequency radio astronomy observations and exploration of the structure and mineral composition of the terrain.
The Long March 3B rocket that carried Chang-e 4 launched on December 8 from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southern China.
A relay satellite in May. "Queqiao" or "Magpie Bridge", named after an ancient Chinese folk tale, was created to support communication between Chang-e 4 and the Earth.
China plans to send its Chang-e 5 probe to the Moon next year Let it return to Earth with samples – the first time since 1976.
50 years ago last month, the Apollo 8 circled the United States The Moon, and in 1969, Apollo 11 landed and explored the surface
The New York Times reports:
Although a latecomer of After decades of space exploration, China catches up, according to experts, and could be the United States because of supremacy in the fields to challenge artificial intelligence, quantum computing and other areas.
China Plans to Completely Operate Its Third Space Station by 2022 Later that decade, astronauts were brought to a lunar base and probes were sent to Mars, including those that could return samples of the Martian surface to Earth.
Although the moon is barely unexplored ground after decades of exploration, landing is far more than just a propaganda coup, experts say.
The crater in which the Chinese landed is the oldest and deepest on the Moon, so that the discoveries of the probe provide insights into the formation and evolution of the Moon. Some scientists suggest that the surrounding basin may be rich in minerals. If the exploitation of the moon's resources is the next step in space development, a successful mission could better position the Chinese.
The Associated Press added:
The landing took place one day after NASA's New Horizons spacecraft completed the remotest exploration of another world passing a tiny, icy object 4 billion kilometers away Earth was removed and shaped like a bowling pin.
Air Traffic Controllers in Maryland Explained Their Success 10 Hours After the Risky Middle of the Night You will encounter the mysterious body known as Ultima Thule on the frozen edges of our solar system, a staggering 1 billion miles (1.6 billion kilometers) beyond Pluto ,
The observations should help scientists to identify how deep-cooling objects such as Ultima Thule formed, along with the rest of the solar system 4.5 billion years ago.
As a surviving relic from this period, Ultima Thule also promises the so-called Kuiper Belt (Twilight Zone), d. of which hundreds of thousands of objects are located far beyond Neptune.
This story is being updated.