China's mission to the farside of the Moon

China's mission to the farside of the Moon

The Chang'e-4 combination lander and rover were sent into space atop a Long March 3B rocket at 2:22 a.m. local time Saturday (10:22 a.m. PT Friday) from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in China's Sichuan Province, according to Sina Tech and other Chinese sources.

Chang'e-4 will be the second Chinese probe to land on the moon.

Ten experiments - six from China and four from overseas - include planting potatoes and other seeds.

A Long March 3B rocket lifts off from China's Sichuan province early on December 8, carrying a rover destined to land on the far side of the moon.

The mission will also analyze radiosity on the reverse side of the moon, to explore opportunities for placement of astronomical radiotelescopes in the future.

Unlike the near-side of the moon that is "tidally locked" and always faces the earth, and offers many flat areas to touch down on, the far-side is mountainous and rugged.

If the mission succeeds, it will catapult China into the forefront of lunar exploration with a landing that no other nation has even dared to attempt. The launch is historic, as it serves as the first time that an unmanned craft has reached the far side of the Moon. Three scientific and technological experiments will also be carried out.

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In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, the Chang'e 4 lunar probe launches from the the Xichang Satellite Launch Center.

"The main thing about this mission is not science, this is a technology mission", he said.

Chang'e 4's rover has six wheels, two solar panels, a radar dish as well as multiple cameras, show pictures published by the China National Space Administration. He said that this particular mission is extremely significant as well as a very important accomplishment in the exploration of Moon.

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

China's space program has benefited from cooperation with Russian Federation and European nations, although it was excluded from the 381-tonne International Space Station, mainly due to United States legislation barring such cooperation amid concerns over its strong military connections. The new mission is expected to take off next year to collect samples and bring them back to earth.

The Chang'e-4 lander, with the rover on top, undergoing tests.

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