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Chinese rover first to the far side of the moon

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/03/19, 10:35 am

A Chinese spacecraft on Thursday morning became the first to land on the far side of the moon, Chinese state media reported. The China National Space Administration said the successful landing of the robotic lunar explorer Chang’e 4 “opened a new chapter in human lunar exploration.”

The Long March 3B rocket carrying the Chang’e 4 probe departed the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southern China on Dec. 8. The probe is expected to carry out astronomical observation and explore the structure and mineral composition of the terrain. The far side of the moon, also called its dark side, faces away from the Earth and has remained unexplored by any lander. The United States, the former Soviet Union, and China have all sent spacecraft to the near side of the moon. China’s pioneering move highlights its ambition to become a leading space power. “The space dream is a part of the dream to make China strong,” Chinese President Xi Jinping said in 2013, shortly after taking office.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine welcomed the landing as an “impressive accomplishment.”

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Onize Ohikere

Onize is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Abuja, Nigeria.

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  •  Marvin's picture
    Posted: Thu, 01/03/2019 05:11 pm

    I think we should remember amongst the hoopla that USSR and USA photographed the far side of the moon many decades ago. This is not really the mystery that is being reported.



  • Laura W
    Posted: Thu, 01/03/2019 05:36 pm

    Sure, but there are some things that can only be examined close up. And it's more of a technical challenge to keep in touch with it on the far side, since the moon is blocking the most direct path for radio signals. So give credit where credit is due.

  • Just Me 999
    Posted: Fri, 01/04/2019 06:38 am

    Well, one might get concerned about the new Chinese prowess demonstrated by landing a craft on the "far side of the moon" not to be confused with the "dark side", however a couple of things in point.

    1) Since this device is made in China the Chinese mission has a new purpose - try to find a manned mission to fix all the Chinese parts that broke 15 minutes after landing. The Chinese flag on the moon doesn't mark the landing site but the site of the largest lunar recycling center - maybe this is where we could send all those spent CFL bulbs they graciously dumped on us.

    2) We can think Clinton and his cronies for all the rocket technology that was sent to China "as protected technology" in a tech assistance program. It is estimated that China will become the world's largest economy by 2024 and India the second largest not soon after that. However, "made in China" stood for cheap junk back in the 1960s and hasn't dramatically improved. This is a wake-up call for our country to get back to the basics - to appreciate the true value of an education and to shed this fixology on profit and money and focus on improving our economy for the sake of our young people.