China launches probe to ex­plore dark side of Moon

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - WORLD -

China on Satur­day launched a first probe ever to ex­plore the dark side of the Moon, mark­ing an­other mile­stone in its am­bi­tious space pro­gram, the of­fi­cial Xin­hua News Agency re­ported. The probe, the Chang’e-4, is ex­pected to make the first-ever soft land­ing on the far side of the Moon, ac­cord­ing to Xin­hua. Pre­vi­ous space­craft have seen the far side of the Moon, but none has landed on it. At 2:23 a.m., a Long March-3B rocket, car­ry­ing the probe in­clud­ing a lan­der and a rover, blasted off from the satel­lite launch cen­ter Xichang in south­west China, Xin­hua said.—

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