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China's Lunar Explorer Has Made Its Historic Touchdown on the Far Side of the Moon, State Media Says

Postby MrFredPFL » Thu Jan 03, 2019 1:08 pm

Story : http://time.com/5492544/china-chang-e-4-lands-far-moon/





China’s burgeoning space program achieved a first on Thursday: a landing on the so-called dark side of the moon.

The United States, the then-Soviet Union and more recently China have all sent spacecraft to the near side of the moon, which faces Earth, but this is the first-ever landing on the other side.

The China National Space Administration said the 10:26 a.m. landing of the Chang’e 4 lunar explorer has “opened up a new chapter in human lunar exploration.”

A photo taken at 11:40 a.m. and sent back by Chang’e 4 shows a small crater and a barren surface that appears to be illuminated by a light from the spacecraft. Its name comes from that of a Chinese goddess who, according to legend, has lived on the moon for millennia.





well done. nice to see participation in space exploration expanding.

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