A Chinese lunar robber has landed on the dark side of the moon today, in a world first that will increase Beijing's ambitious plans to become a superpower in space.
The Chang 4-e-probe landed at. 1:26 AEDT and sent a picture of the moon's farthest side to the country's Queqiao satellite, which will divert the communication back to Earth controllers, CCTV said.
China Xinhua News was one of the first English speaking outlets to break news on Twitter and share pictures of Rover Moon Landing for its 11,800,000 Twitter followers.
What looks like the moon's farthest side?
China's Chang & e-4 probe gives you the answer.
It landed on the never-visible side of the moon Jan. 3 https://t.co/KVCEhLuHKT pic.twitter.com/BiKjh7Fv22
– China Xinhua News (@XHNews) January 3, 2019
The site reported that Chang-e 4 landed on an area "177.6 degrees east longitude and 45.5 degrees south latitude on the landing page".
Another major English-speaking Chinese news terminal, China Daily, also tweeted the news to its 3.2 million followers.
China's Chang-4 probe takes a picture of the far side of the moon. pic.twitter.com/JqssSgBJtk
– China Daily (@ China Daily) January 3, 2019
Beijing is pouring billions of dollars into its military-led space program, hoping to establish a fully manned space station by 2022.
The government also hopes to eventually send people to the moon.
Chang-4-lunar probe mission – named after a moon goddess in Chinese mythology – was launched last month from the Southwest Xichang launch center in China.
It is the second Chinese probe to land on the moon after the Yutu (Jade Rabbit) rover mission in 2013.
Unlike the nearest side of the moon, which always faces the ground and offers many flat areas to touch, the distant side is mountainous and rugged.
The Chang 4 e-4 probe carries six experiments from China and four from abroad, and includes low-frequency radio astronomical studies aimed at exploiting the lack of interference on the other.
The Rover will also conduct mineral and radiation tests, said the National Space Administration, according to the National News Agency.