Chinese began to gather data from the invisible side of the Moon

China's Yutu 2 rover moving across the far side of the moon

It is the second Chinese probe to land on the moon, following the Yutu (Jade Rabbit) rover mission in 2013.

The Yutu-2 rover. Image credit: CNSA.

China, after the Soviet Union and the United States, is the third country that has managed to bring a vehicle to the moon, but it has become the first to do so on the invisible side of the Earth's satellite.

At 10:26 Beijing time (02:26 GMT), January 3, China achieved a world first when it landed its Chang'e 4 probe in the South Pole-Aitken Basin of the moon.

"It's a small step for the rover, but one giant leap for the Chinese nation", Wu Weiren, the chief designer of the Lunar Exploration Project, told state broadcaster CCTV, in a twist of US astronaut Neil Armstrong's famous comment when he became the first human to walk on the moon in 1969.

"Lunar rover Yutu-2 or Jade Rabbit-2, left the first-ever "footprint" from a human spacecraft on the far side of the moon late at night on Thursday, after it separated from the lander smoothly", state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

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"We have to get out there and be clear about what we're fighting for, and then we've got to show we're willing to fight for it". Hillary Clinton in 2016 launched a similar "listening tour" that took her to early states.

"The landing on the far side shows China's technology is powerful", said He Qisong, a space expert at the East China University of Science and Law in Shanghai.

More than 2,000 high-ranking officials of the Chinese Communist Party have signed a petition this week asking explanations from the American government concerning the American Moon landings after doubts arose that the Apollo Moon landings ever happened.

China's Chang'e 4 craft captured a close-up photo of the far side of the moon.

As a solution, China in May blasted the Queqiao ("Magpie Bridge") satellite into the moon's orbit, positioning it to relay data and commands between the lander and Earth.

A Chinese lunar rover has driven on the far side of the moon, the national space agency announced on Friday, hailing the development as a "big step for the Chinese people". The far side can't be seen from earth, and its surface has never been observed up close. The vehicle can slant up to 20 degrees and overcome obstacles up to 20 centimeters in size.

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