This weekend, China embarks on a historic mission to land on the far side of the Moon

In #China, a rocket will launch carrying a lander and a rover bound for the Moon. It will mark the beginning of #China’s ambitious lunar mission known as Chang’e-4, which will attempt to land spacecraft on the Moon’s far side — the region that always faces away from Earth. [Read More]

Summary… * Machine-Made


So far, #China is among an elite group of three countries that have landed a spacecraft softly on the surface of the Moon.
That mission, known as Chang’e-3, was part of a decades-long campaign that #China devised to study the Moon with robotic spacecraft.
To land on the far side of the Moon, you must have multiple spacecraft working in tandem.
In May, the #China National #Space Administration launched a satellite called Queqiao, specifically for the purpose of aiding with communications for the upcoming Chang’e-4 mission.
Following this mission, #China plans to launch another robotic mission to the Moon next year called Chang’e-5, which is designed to return samples from the nearside of the Moon.

Opinion… * Man-Made


#China is about to embark on an ambitious lunar mission, which will attempt to land a spacecraft (with a rover) on the dark side of the Moon… the region that always faces away from Earth. #Space #Trend

Source: The Verge