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The probe touched down at 10:26 Beijing time, the China Global Television Network said.

At 10:26 am, January 3 Beijing time, China's Chang'e-4 spacecraft made a successful soft landing in the Von Kármán crater within the moon's South Pole-Aitken (SPA) basin.

China's space program has become the first to land a spacecraft on the so-called dark side of the moon. It delivered both a lander and a rover, while its Queqiao (Magpie Bridge) relay satellite "is operating in the halo orbit around the second Lagrangian (L2) point of the Earth-Moon system", Xinhua added.

The historic journey of Chang'e-4 began at around 2:23 a.m., Beijing Standard Time, on December 8, 2018, when it took off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center.

The lander will remain stationary on the surface in a region known as the South Pole-Aitken basin. Previous photos have been taken from space.

"This space mission shows that China has reached the advanced world-class level in deep space exploration", said Zhu Menghua, a professor at the Macau University of Science and Technology who has worked closely with the Chinese space agency.

Wu Weiren, the chief designer of the China Lunar Exploration Project, called the landing a trailblazing milestone.

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"Congratulations to China's Chang'e-4 team for what appears to be a successful landing on the far side of the Moon". Spacecraft have taken photos of the moon's far side, but no landing had ever been attempted there.

Chang'e 4 is carrying six experiments from China and four from overseas, including low-frequency radio astronomical studies, which aim to take advantage of the lack of interference on the far side. "We are very happy to be a part of it".

Now it has landed, the Chang'e-4 is tasked with collecting data on the far side of the Moon, including on the structure of its surface, mantle, as well as its minerals, according to CGTN.

As the moon is tidally locked, one side always faces away from Earth-the far side.

This is the first time an attempt is made to explore the far side of the moon. However, the reality is still a mystery, and only on site exploration will reveal the truth. Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands and Saudi Arabia contributed payloads that will measure radiation and use low frequency radio astronomy to listen for faint signals lingering in the cosmos since the formation of the universe's first stars, among other things.

Direct communication with the far side of the moon, however, is not possible, which is one of the many challenges for the Chang'e-4 lunar probe mission. It not only plans to send probes to Mars but also retrieve samples of the Martian surface. We later learned that the lander/rover combo was set to touch down on the surface of the moon some time between January 1 and 3. The moon rotates at the same rate as the Earth, making it hard for people to peek at the orb's other side.


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