China launches mis­sion to moon’s far side

The Bradenton Herald - - Nation & World -

China launched a ground-break­ing mis­sion Satur­day to land a space­craft on the largely un­ex­plored far side of the moon, demon­strat­ing its am­bi­tion as a space power to ri­val Rus­sia, the Euro­pean Union and the U.S.

A Long March 3B rocket car­ry­ing a lu­nar probe blasted off at 2:23 a.m. from the Xichang Satel­lite Launch Cen­ter in in south­west­ern China, the of­fi­cial Xin­hua News Agency said.

With its Chang’e 4 mis­sion, China hopes to be the first coun­try to make a soft land­ing, which is a land­ing dur­ing which the space­craft in­curs no se­ri­ous dam­age.

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