China's history of lunar exploration

China's history of lunar exploration

China's history of lunar exploration

The unprecedented mission to attempt a landing on the far side of the Moon lifted off atop an enhanced Long March 3B launch vehicle at 18:23 UTC Friday (02:23 Beijing time Saturday).

China has launched a ground-breaking mission to land an unmanned spacecraft on the far side of the Moon.

"Since the far side of the moon is shielded from electromagnetic interference from the Earth, it's an ideal place to research the space environment and solar bursts, and the probe can "listen" to the deeper reaches of the cosmos", said Tongjie Liu, deputy director of the Lunar Exploration and Space Program Center for the China National Space Administration. The mission will include a low-frequency radio-astronomical study of the lunar surface, a shallow exploration beneath the surface, and a study of the topographical and mineralogical composition of the SPA basin.

Three scientific and technological experiments, designed by Chinese universities, will also be carried out during the mission. The lander's home base always faces away from Earth, so a detector there will not likely pick up human-made radio frequencies and "noise" from auroras on Earth which could affect data.

This article was originally published by Futurism.

Китай запустил миссию на темную сторону Луны

The most ambitious robotic moon probe ever by any space-faring country was launched by China on Saturday morning.

The satellite has successfully entered a halo orbit around the second Lagrangian (L2) point of the earth-moon system, about 455,000 km from the earth. The Chang'e 3 mission marked first soft-landing by a spacecraft on the moon in almost four decades.

A Chinese spacecraft is headed toward the moon on a historic mission.

No lander or rover has ever touched the surface there, positioning China as the first nation to explore the area. In the case of the success of the mission, China will become the first country, which will be able to perform this task.

Model of Chang'e moon lander. Its program also suffered a rare setback past year with the dialed launch of its Long March 5 rocket.

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