The Chinese media announced on Thursday that the nation’s Change-4 Lunar Lander has successfully reached the far side of the moon, becoming the first in history to touch the lunar surface unseen by those on Earth. The Change-4 lunar was first launched in December. The space craft took three days to travel to the moon, where it spent the last few weeks in orbit preparing for touch down on the Von Karman crater.
China’s National Space Administrator, Xinhua said, the space probe made up of a lander and a rover, landed at the preselected landing area on the far side of the moon at 10:26 a.m”
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Last year in May China put a relay satellite in orbit around the moon to overcome that communication challenge. The Change -4 lunar lander will be drawing 15 km (9 miles) from the surface.
The far side of the moon has been seen and mapped before by astronauts of the Apollo missions. But the successful landing of Change- 4 represents the first time any spacecraft has touched down on the moon’s far side.
Change-4 represents one of the flagship parts of China’s heavy investment and growing capabilities in space through the China National Space Administration. This mission comes about two years after China’s successful Change -3 mission, the first soft landing on the moon since 1976. Similar in design to that Change- 3 craft and its “Jade Rabbit” rover, the lander carries a bigger rover payload and more capabilities. The space agency will use the craft to study geological conditions on the far side of the moon.
The Change name comes from the Chinese goddess of the moon. In the ancient tale, Change flew to the heavens after taking an elixir, and landed on the moon as her final resting place.
The Chinese official said that “The Chinese people have done something that the American’s have not dared to try”