China lands probe on far side of moon

Photos show Chinese rover making tracks on the far side of the moon

A spacecraft has landed on the far side of the moon for the first time, China's National Space Administration announced Thursday.

It represents the first ever such attempt and landing on the far side of the Moon, which has distinct characteristics to the near side we can see from Earth. The United States is the only other country that has carried out moon landings. Although the dark side of the moon isn't always technically dark, it is largely unknown to scientists, and its composition is different than that on its near side.

In the coming months, the lander-rover will conduct scientific observations across the less-understood side of the moon.

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Legend has it that Chang'e, after swallowing a magic pill, took her pet and flew toward the moon where she became a goddess and has lived with the white jade rabbit ever since.

China's space community is taking pride in the successful landing, which posed technical challenges because the moon blocks direct communication between the spacecraft and its controllers on Earth.

As a solution, China in May blasted the Queqiao ("Magpie Bridge") satellite into the moon's orbit, positioning it to relay data and commands between the lander and Earth.

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During the lunar day, also lasting 14 Earth days, temperatures soar as high as 127 C (261 F). After receiving the order, Yutu-2, atop the probe, extended its solar panel, stretched out its mast and started to drive slowly to the transfer mechanism, said the Beijing Aerospace Control Centre.

Adding to the difficulties, Chang'e 4 was sent to the Aitken Basin in the lunar south pole region - known for its craggy and complex terrain.

Several high-ranking members of the Chinese Communist Party even stated publicly that these latest findings proved without a doubt that the Moon landings were an "elaborately orchestrated hoax to fool the world about America's space program capabilities". China's increasing interest in space exploration also includes plans to operate a third space station, send astronauts to the moon, and get a probe out to Mars, The New York Times reports.

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