Science and Exploration

China Lands On The Far Side Of The Moon

By Keith Cowing
January 3, 2019
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China Lands On The Far Side Of The Moon
Chang'e-4 landing site

China landed Chang’e-4 inside of Von Karman crater on the far side of the Moon 10:26 a.m. BJT Thursday.
This is the first time anyone has landed a spacecraft on the far side of the Moon. An image of the lunar surface was sent back via the Queqiao relay satellite operating in a halo orbit around the second Lagrangian (L2) point of the earth-moon system. Chang’e-4 includes a lander and a rover that will study the mineral composition and perform low-frequency radio astronomical observations.

NASA Administrator Bridenstine issued a congratulatory tweet shortly after the landing was announced.

For background on this mission please have a look at this video of NASAWatch/SpaceRef editor Keith Cowing on CGTN several hours before the landing and on Deutsche Welle just after the landing.

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