China probe makes history, lands on far side of the moon

Video grab of the probe

China probe makes history, lands on far side of the moon

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 03 Jan 2019

Beijing, Jan 3 (IBNS): China's Chang'e-4 on Thursday became the first spacecraft to soft-land on the far side of the moon - the side not visible from Earth, Xinhua reported.

"It was a great challenge with the short time, high difficulty and risks," Xinhua quoted Wu Weiren, chief designer of China's lunar exploration program, as saying.

A lander and a rover was part of the probe that landed in the Von Karman Crater in the South Pole-Aitken Basin at 10.26am Beijing time.

A camera on the probe took pictures of the surrounding area as it landed on the moon's surface.

"We chose a vertical descent strategy to avoid the influence of the mountains on the flight track," said Zhang He, executive director of the Chang'e-4 probe project, from the China Academy of Space Technology.

According to Xinhua, the probe took pictures and identified obstacles to find a suitable site for landing. The landing happened over 12 minutes without any manual intervention.

China probe makes history, lands on far side of the moon

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