China eyes dark side

The Cairns Post - - WORLD -

CHINA looks set to be­come the first na­tion to land on the dark side of the moon.

China’s Na­tional Space Ad­min­is­tra­tion is be­lieved to be tar­get­ing the robotic lan­der at the Von Kara­man crater, near the moon’s south pole.

It’s judged to be the old­est im­pact crater in the en­tire so­lar sys­tem, which makes it an ideal col­lect­ing ground for ice and a rare hy­dro­gen iso­tope – both have the po­ten­tial to power fu­ture in­ter­plan­e­tary mis­sions.

The mis­sion is tipped for this week­end how­ever Bei­jing is yet to con­firm the date.

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