China mission lands on the Moon’s far side

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China says, it has successfully landed a robotic spacecraft on the far side of the Moon.
At 10:26 – Beijing time, the un-crewed Chang’e-4 Probe touched down in the South Pole – Aitken Basin of the Moon. It is carrying instruments to analyse the unexplored region’s geology, as well to conduct biological experiments.

The Chang’e-4 Probe has already sent back its first pictures from the surface. With no direct communication link possible, all pictures and data have to be bounced off a separate satellite before being relayed to Earth.

Why is this Moon landing so significant?

Previous Moon missions have landed on the ‘Earth-facing side’ of the Moon, but this is the first time any craft has landed on the unexplored and rugged far side.

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