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China Lands Probe On Far Side Of Moon

Postby toucana on January 3rd, 2019, 6:01 am 

First pictures from Chang'e-4

The Chinese lunar exploration program has successfully soft-landed an unmanned probe called Chang’e-4 on the far side of the moon. This is the first time a far-side landing has ever been achieved.

The probe named after the Chinese goddess of the moon Chang’e 嫦娥 touched down in the South Pole-Aitken Basin at 02.26 GMT. It was launched from Xichang space centre on 7 December 2018, and arrived in lunar orbit on 12 December.

The probe is the latest in a sequence of Chinese Lunar exploration missions. The predecessor Chang’e-3 achieved a soft landing on the near side of the moon in 2013.

The far side of the moon is always invisible from earth because of tidal locking of the earth and moon rotations. The Chinese team had to place a relay satellite in orbit around the moon to maintain communication with the probe as it landed, and also to beam back the pictures and data it will capture.

The Chang’e-4 probe is aiming to explore a location called the Von Kármán crater located within the the much larger South Pole-Aitken (SPA) basin - thought to have been formed by a giant impact early in the moon’s history.
This huge structure is over 2,500km (1,550 miles) in diameter and 13km deep, one of the largest impact craters in the Solar System and the largest, deepest and oldest basin on the Moon," Andrew Coates, professor of physics at UCL's Mullard Space Science Laboratory in Surrey, told the BBC.
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Re: China Lands Probe On Far Side Of Moon

Postby edy420 on January 3rd, 2019, 8:17 pm 

It would be nice if China, Russia and America all worked together on these programs. Maybe that way we won’t lose important technology ie the technology for manned visits!
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