China is expected to become the first nation to explore the other side of the Moon after the Moon probe Chang'e-4 has entered a planned orbit ahead of its eagerly awaited landing on the unexplored part of the Earth's satellite.
"The probe has reached an elliptical lunar orbit, with the Perilune [closest point] at about 15 km and the Apolune [maximum distance] at about 100 km" (19459005), the Chinese Space Agency (CNSA) announced on Sunday. 19659003] Also on rt.com
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The Chang & # 39; e-4 spacecraft, consisting of a lander and a rover, has been started on 8th of December. It is now up to its ground control to determine the "right time" for the Chinese Lunar Exploration Mission to perform a touchdown on the other side of the Moon, the space agency said. The descent of the probe is supported by a communications relay satellite, the Queqiao, which China had already deployed in May.
If the landing is successful, China will go down in the history books and explore the composition of an unexplored lunar region. Learn more about its origins and history. The other side has fascinated the scientists for a long time after being photographed for the first time in 1959 by the Soviet space probe Luna 3. Whether this mission succeeds or not, Beijing plans to land astronauts on the moon by 2030.
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