China’s says its Chang’e-4 probe successfully landed on the far side of the moon, and that’s one giant jump for the country. China state television announced the news on Thursday. Moon is earth’s natural satellite which revolves around it. While we can see only one face of the moon, and another face of the moon is not visible from Earth. Chang’e-4 is the first observatory to reach another face of moon and soft-land on it. The probe touched the moon’s surface at 10:26 a.m. Beijing time on January 2. The mission docked the moon on December 7, and the spacecraft entered moon’s orbit on December 12. The Chinese spacecraft sent an image of the unexplored surface of the moon.
The probe will explore the big Von Karman crater being positioned on the moon’s surface. It is the largest crater in the solar system. It measures 15,000 miles across and has a depth of 8 miles. The probe contains scientific equipment to study the geology of the unexplored region, as well as to perform biological experiments. Chang’e-4 will also collect samples to perform mineral and radiation tests. So the researchers will get an opportunity to study minerals from the dark side of the moon.
Chinese news agency Xinhua said Beijing’s control center would decide the working direction of the spacecraft. It will also command for the separation of the rover from the lander. Xinhua reported the probe took six active species to the lifeless environment to form a mini biosphere. The list includes yeast, cotton, fruit fly, rapeseed, potato, and Arabidopsis. This journey to the moon has become a significant milestone in space exploration and the history of the Chinese space agency. The mission makes China the first country in the world to soft-land on the far side of the moon. The landing reveals China’s increasing ambitions to challenge the U.S. as a space power. Beijing intends to send another spacecraft to the moon that would bring the samples to the Earth.
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