Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help    |   Cookie Policy    |   Privacy Policy    RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

China set to visit the far side of the Moon

Posted on Monday, 1 January, 2018 | Comment icon 5 comments

China is set to become the first country to land a probe on the Moon's far side. Image Credit: NASA
The ambitious mission, if successful, will achieve what no other country has ever managed to do.
There have been dozens of missions to the Moon over the years, but the far side, which is always facing away from the Earth, remains mostly unexplored.

Now in a renewed bid to become the first country ever to place a lander on the far side, China is aiming to launch two spacecraft later on this year - one with the lander itself and the other with a communications satellite that will relay signals to and from the Earth.

Known collectively as Chang'e 4 after the Chinese moon goddess, the mission represents something of a world first and will catapult China in to the history books as a global leader in lunar exploration.

If all goes to plan, the satellite portion of the mission will be launching in June.

Source: The Guardian | Comments (5)

Tags: Moon, China

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Thomas_XL on 1 January, 2018, 20:41
I hope they bring a present or at least send a card  chinese are very busy these last years! It is ambitious indeed.  Godspeed to the chinese!
Comment icon #2 Posted by Aardvark-DK on 2 January, 2018, 8:31
Hope they will discover all the alien bases ! (sarcasm might be implied here...)
Comment icon #3 Posted by Calibeliever on 2 January, 2018, 18:10
I guess we'll know shortly if there are bases or not. If the lander makes it there without any mysterious "accidents" that cause it to blow up or crash, then I'm guessing no aliens (or other interested parties) were there to shoot it down. 
Comment icon #4 Posted by aearluin on 2 January, 2018, 21:39
Great job China picking up the thread where others left it. To bad NASA and ESA chose to leave the moon behind. Funding doesn't seem to be s big problem fof thd chinese at this point.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 2 January, 2018, 22:03
Partly true, it's good that the Chinese are taking part in lunar exploration, it's not true that the others haven't left off.   Untrue. NASA has sent multiple probes to lunar orbit over the last few years, including the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, launched in 2007 and which continues to take the highest resolution images of the Moon ever obtained, the Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission which measured differences in gravity and therefore explore beneath the lunar surface and the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission which explored the extremely t... [More]

Please Login or Register to post a comment.

  On the forums
HMS Endeavour may have been found in the US
The final resting place of one of the world's most famous ships has reportedly been found after 240 years.
Group offers $11,700 for proof of superpowers
The Society for the Scientific Investigation of Para-Sciences is looking for proof that psychic abilities exist.
UK tsunami risk is much higher than thought
New research has revealed that the last tsunami to hit the UK was a lot more recent than anyone had realized.
SpaceX unveils identity of first Moon tourist
The private space firm has revealed who will be flying around the Moon aboard its upcoming BFR rocket.
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
Treadmill fall in slow motion
Posted 9-17-2018 | 2 comments
The Slo Mo Guys return with another bizarre slow-motion experiment.
Tricking your ears
Posted 9-9-2018 | 0 comments
A look at some intriguing audio illusions and at how the brain interprets sound.
The science of music
Posted 9-5-2018 | 0 comments
A look at why our brains become so hooked on particularly catchy songs.
 View: More videos
Stories & Experiences
And the shadows smile
8-25-2018 | Deal UK
Disappearing objects
8-12-2018 | Houston TX USA
I dreamt that Austin was destroyed
8-12-2018 | USA / Texas
Demon on my TV screen
8-12-2018 | U.S.
3 knocks, 3 nights...
8-12-2018 | San Fernando Valley, CA
Feeling something strange
8-9-2018 | Sydney, Australia
Dragon sighting in Spring Tx.
8-9-2018 | Spring Texas
My bed definitely shook
7-24-2018 | nsw
Huge black triangle UFO
6-13-2018 | Mt Maunganui New Zealand

         More stories | Send us your story
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.712 © 2001-2018
Terms   |   Privacy Policy   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ