A Lander Is Headed to The Far Side of The Moon

China says it has launched first-ever lunar probe to land on far side of the moon

The rocket, launched Saturday, is carrying a probe set to make the first-ever soft landing on the far side of the moon, reports China's state-run Xinhua News Agency.

The Moon is tidally locked to Earth, rotating at the same rate that it orbits our planet, so the far side is never visible from Earth.

The lander will conduct the first lunar low-frequency radio astronomy experiment, observe whether plants will grow in the low-gravity environment, and explore whether there is water or other resources at the poles.

Chang'e 4 is the next in the line of China's Chang'e missions, and would be the first craft to land on the Moon's far side.

Goal of the mission is to try to deliver samples of lunar soil to Earth.

It's expected to land in early January after 26 days of flight, said China's Aerospace Science and Technology Corp.

China has promoted worldwide cooperation in its lunar exploration program, with four scientific payloads of the Chang'e-4 mission developed by scientists from Netherlands, Germany, Sweden and Saudi Arabia. The far side is a far more rugged and mountainous surface than the well-studied near side of the Moon.

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Nearly an hour later, Xinhua, China's state-run news agency, reported that Chang'e-4 was launched successfully.

To facilitate communication between controllers on Earth and the Chang'e 4 mission, China in May launched a relay satellite named Queqiao, or "Magpie Bridge", after an ancient Chinese folk tale.

The lunar rover will study the structure of the rocks and the effects of the solar wind striking the moon's surface.

Three scientific and technological experiments, designed by Chinese universities, will also be carried out during the mission.

Advancing China's space program has been a priority of its leaders, with President Xi Jinping calling for China to establish itself as a space power.

Rover Utah that was part of the mission "Chang'e-3", explored the satellite in 2013.

Model of Chang'e moon lander. US President Donald Trump instructed his government past year to put a new space station into lunar orbit.

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