China probe readies to land on dark side of the moon

Cristina Cross
January 3, 2019

But the China National Space Administration has not yet disclosed when the landing will occur.

The Chang'e-4 lunar probe will land on the Aitken Basin of the lunar south pole region on the far side of the moon, which is a hot spot for scientific and space exploration.

This is the first time an attempt is made to explore the far side of the moon. That satellite is called Queqiao. With direct communications with the spacecraft impossible, China is using a relay satellite to send communications to Earth.

Stressing the difficulties of landing on the far side due to spacecraft controlling and signal relay, Wimmer-Schweingruber said that 'the satellite is already in place.

Chang'e-4, the probe reportedly entered a planned orbit late Sunday, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

But as per Smithsonian Institution, American museums and research centres group said that the craft was said to be set down on Von Karman crater some time in between January 1st and 3rd 2019.

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When the Moon enters the Earth's darkest shadow it nearly disappears in the sky - but a trick of the light paints it a deep red hue. The mission could unveil the secrets of the moon's mysterious side. They cover about 16 percent of the lunar surface and majority are on the side facing Earth.

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They were dubbed maria, Latin for "seas".

What's even better is that a new moon will appear two days before the shower, making the skies darker, so that the naked eye can have a clear view of the mesmerizing show. "We're really excited to see what those look like, up close". The six-wheeled rover contains cameras and a ground-penetrating radar that can look below the moon's lunar surface.

Since the Chang'e-4 entered the lunar orbit on December 12, the ground control center in Beijing has trimmed the probe's orbit twice and tested the communication link between the probe and the relay satellite Queqiao, or Magpie Bridge, which is operating in the halo orbit around the second Lagrangian (L2) point of the earth-moon system. "We should be able to identify the lander and rover tracks if not the rover itself", Robinson said.

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