China First Ever to Land on Dark Side of the Moon

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China First Ever to Land on Dark Side of the Moon

CHINA SHOCKS ALL, FIRST EVER TO LAND ON THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON

China has represented all of humanity after it successfully sent a probe to the moon.  But not just the moon.  China sent a probe to the dark side of the moon and landed it there.  No one else has ever done that.  It’s a historic first that everyone should take note of.  The probe, the Chang’e 4, launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan Province.  It rode a Long March-3B carrier rocket up into orbit on the 8th of December, 2018.  It reached the moon 4 days later and was in orbit since.

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CHINESE MEDIA QUICKLY POSTS FIRST CLOSE UP EVER OF DARK SIDE OF THE MOON

That rocket delivered a lander craft and a surface rover.  The Chinese National Space Administration (CNSA) is using a relay satellite, the Queqiao (Magpie Bridge).  China’s state owned and operated CGTN network quickly posted a photo on twitter, saying it was the “world’s first shot of (the) moon’s far side.”  But truly, this is major news for everyone in the entire world.  No one has ever really seen the dark side of the moon up close before.  But now we all will.  And even more, China’s success will drive other nations to succeed in similar efforts as well. 

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While we’re not exactly sure where the Chang’e 4 probe landed, we do know some of its mission details.  So some of the top priorities for the probe and its remote Earth situated control team are experiments using lunar low-frequency radio.  That is clearly to establish a larger, future presence on the moon.  They will also do work on low (lunar) gravity plant growth.  But interestingly, they are also going to focus on solar winds and their impact on the lunar surface.  And, of course, just like on Mars, the Chinese team will look to see if there is actually any water “or other resources at the poles.”

So look out world!  We may be hearing transmissions from the dark side of the moon soon in Mandarin!

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