China to land probe on dark side of moon in 2018

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

China has of­fi­cially be­gun a new round of lu­nar ex­plo­ration and will send the Chang’e-4 probe to the far side of the moon in 2018, China’s State Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy and In­dus­try for Na­tional De­fense (SASTIND) an­nounced.

The far side of the moon is never vis­i­ble on Earth be­cause of grav­i­ta­tional forces and has never been ex­plored by hu­mans. Chang’e-4 will be the first mis­sion in hu­man his­tory to em­bark on this ex­pe­di­tion, said Liu Jizhong, chief of the lu­nar ex­plo­ration cen­ter un­der SASTIND.

China al­ready has the abil­ity to send a probe to the far side of the moon, and is open to co­op­er­a­tion with the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, said Liu.

China achieved its first soft­land­ing on the moon with Chang’e-3 in De­cem­ber 2013, and it is still send­ing mes­sages back to Earth.

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