Beijing advances space ambitions with far-side moon landing

Katie Ramirez
October 16, 2019

We've known for a long time about the CNSA's ambitions to get a probe landed on the far side of the Moon - and it has now made good on its promise.

China's space agency was quick to post new photos snapped from the lander, declaring the touchdown and deployment of its lunar rover a success.

The Chang'e 4 mission carries a suite of instruments to study the moon itself and the space above it. Scientists believe the Aitken basin came into being billions of years ago after a large object collided with the moon and punched through its crust.

"The far side of the moon has unique features never before explored on site", said Zou Yongliao, director of the lunar and deep space exploration division of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). The country last night was able to successfully land its Chang'e-4 spacecraft on the part of the moon that Earth can not see and no other spacecraft has reached before.

The landing appears to have been accomplished without any major issues, however, and the Chinese lander and rover will be able to begin exploring the moon's far side, an environment astronauts and spacecraft have until today only seen from afar. But it was this mystery that encouraged China to set out for the discovery, he added.

The Chinese Moon landing shows the emerging superpower is a growing threat to Britain and the world, government sources and military experts have said.

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This marks the second time the East Asian giant has sent a device to explore the Moon after the small motorized robot Yutu ("Jade Rabbit") in 2013.

The far side's terrain is rugged with a multitude of impact craters.

This may reinforce the concern of some lunar scientists and spaceflight experts, who warn that if we want to see the Moon developed under Western norms of freedom and openness, then NASA and U.S. businesses had better lead the return and development of the Moon during the coming decade. The mission harbored some risk, because operators on Earth can not directly communicate with spacecraft on the Moon's far side.

In 2003, China became the third country to put a man in space with its own rocket after the former Soviet Union and the United States, and in 2017 it said it was preparing to send a person to the moon.

The rover will also conduct mineral and radiation tests, the China National Space Administration has said. Nevertheless, there are considerable concerns about technology transfer as a part of any cooperation with China. So scientists think that it could be an ideal location for radio astronomy, which works best when there are no interfering signals like we have on Earth. But adamant conspiracy theorists are not convinced with this explanation, and they strongly speculate that NASA regularly used to bomb the dark side of the moon as a part of their war against an advanced alien civilization.

"The exploration will give us more information about the Moon than we have ever known, and that is critical", said Prof Zhu.

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