China's Lunar Landing May Mean Potatoes And Flowers Grow On The Moon

A simulated landing process of Chang'e-4 lunar probe is seen through the monitor at Beijing Aerospace Control Center

A simulated landing process of Chang'e-4 lunar probe is seen through the monitor at Beijing Aerospace Control Center

The CNSA made the announcement after China's Chang'e-4 probe, comprised of a lander and a rover, landed on the far side of the moon earlier in the day.

The plucky probe sent back the first image from this uncharted territory via the relay satellite Queqiao (Magpie Bridge). There are also four worldwide payloads jointly developed by scientists from Germany, Sweden, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, and China.

NEW images of the far side of the Moon captured by the landing camera on China's Chang'e-4 lunar probe have been released on Thursday, as the probe made a successful touchdown on the lunar surface.

Launched on December 8, 2018, China's Chang'e-4 lunar probe, comprising a lander and a rover, landed on the far side of the moon on Thursday morning.

Chang'e means Moon Goddess, a character from Chinese mythology.

Little is known about the far side of the moon as it always faces away from Earth preventing study using Earth-based telescopes.

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Wu Weiren, the chief designer of the Lunar Exploration Project, told CCTV it was "a small step for the rover, but one giant leap for the Chinese nation", according to the AP. The United States is the only country that has successfully sent a person to the moon, though China is considering a crewed mission too.

The mission of Chang-e 4, which is carrying a rover, includes carrying out low-frequency radio astronomical observations and probing the structure and mineral composition of the terrain.

Targeting the far side has turned this mission into a riskier and more complex venture than its predecessor, Chang'e-3 - which in 2013 touched down on the near side of the Moon, in the Mare Imbrium region.

Chang'e-4 landed at 177.6 degrees east longitude and 45.5 degrees south following a 12-minute powered descent. The Chinese Chang'e 4 probe set down in Von Kármán crater on January 3rd (Beijing time), marking another important milestone in the Chinese mission to explore the lunar surface.

This may reinforce the concern of some lunar scientists and spaceflight experts, who warn that if we want to see the Moon developed under Western norms of freedom and openness, then NASA and U.S. businesses had better lead the return and development of the Moon during the coming decade.

China has two space stations in orbit and plans to launch a Mars exploration vehicle in the mid-2020s.

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