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.