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In a case of Star Trek, reality, the Chinese National Space Agency has gone where no man – or spacecraft – has gone before landing a lunar scientist on the far side of the Moon.
- China becomes the first country to complete a soft landing on the Moon's far side
- Changes 4 will explore the moon's potential to support future space travelers
- The mission is part of China's ambitious push to explore the Moon's resources
It is the first time a soft landing has been carried out on the Moon's long side – also known as the dark side, because it faces away from the earth and remains relatively unknown – due to the challenges of signal reproduction.
Changed Moon missions
- Changing 1: China's first moon mission was launched in 2007. It paved the Moon and created a topographic map of the surface
- Changing 2: Another groundbreaking mission in 2011 to scout future landing sites and take high-resolution images
- Chang & # 39; e 3: First unmanned Moon landing of Chang's efforts. Lands with Jade Rabbit moved in 2013, making it the first soft landing on the Moon since 1976. Despite some technical problems, the rover worked until 2016 when it was officially declared dead
- Changing 4: China's current mission to explore and explore the far side of the moon
- Changing & nbsp; 5: Future mission slated for 2019 to collect and return the moon's cliffs and land
Changed 4 spacecraft moved down at. 10:26 local time, said the official China Central Television.
Changing 4 is a lander-rover combination and will investigate both above and below the moon's surface.
Some of the trials on board will investigate the Moon's potential to support future space travelers.
One of these experiments is a biosphere project that includes silkworm eggs, thale cress and potato seed.
If planning, the ecosystem will be self-supporting, with the silkworms eating the potatoes and leaping out of the larvae. These will again produce carbon dioxide that helps the plants grow as a food source.
Because the far side faces away from Earth, it is also shielded from radio transmissions – making it the perfect place to study the universe.
The mission is part of China's ambitious push to explore the Moon's resources and potential as a space base.
China landed its Yutu or Jade Rabbit & # 39; rover on the moon five years ago and plans to get Chang's back to earth with samples – the first time since 1976.
A crew lunar mission is also under consideration.
ABC / AP
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