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China to venture to the far side of the Moon

December 6, 2018 | Comment icon 34 comments



What will the lander and accompanying rover discover on the Moon ? Image Credit: NASA / Sean Smith
China's latest space mission will, for the first time, see a spacecraft attempt to land on the Moon's far side.
Known as Chang'e-4, the mission will attempt to unravel some of the mysteries of this relatively unexplored region of the lunar surface which remains facing permanently away from the Earth.

It will launch on December 8th and land at a predetermined site sometime early next year. To maintain communications with Earth, a satellite will be used to relay data and messages back and forth.

According to reports, the lander will be carrying a payload of seeds and silkworm eggs inside a 'lunar mini biosphere.' If the eggs actually manage to hatch, then they will produce the first living creatures from Earth to have ever been born on another world.
The mission will also attempt to carry out a low-frequency radio-astronomical study - an intriguing prospect as the far side of the Moon is sheltered from interference from Earth's ionosphere.

Meanwhile, an accompanying rover will conduct a mineralogical and topographical study of the area around the landing site while taking photographs as it goes.

The mission's target will be the Von Karman Crater within the Moon's South Pole-Aitken basin.

It will certainly be interesting to see what it finds there.



Source: Space.com | Comments (34)



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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #25 Posted by An0n1m0us 3 years ago
Their intent is to explore. The rover will come upon some software or mechanical issues before long, or at least that's the way it will be stated in the media. 
Comment icon #26 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 3 years ago
Correct. An)n1m)us is just spewing random, untrue, nonsense. I suggest the best course of action is to simply ignore his silliness.
Comment icon #27 Posted by Peter B 3 years ago
Ah, the prediction which can't fail... Yes, the rover will fail at some point, and regardless of when it is you'll be able to congratulate yourself. And there really aren't any other ways for a mechanical device controlled by software to fail, are there?
Comment icon #28 Posted by Nzo 3 years ago
I hope that that little rover has a weapon if it somehow runs into Christof. Hate that guy, I hope he gets his!
Comment icon #29 Posted by gadfly21 3 years ago
Was looking through a list of Moon craft sent there and several craft crashed there after orbiting but no planned landers. The craft China sent before in Change 3 landed up on the north area of Mare Imbrium, not the far side. North of Apollo 15?  I thought the Jade Rabbit rover was a success? This one is like it, except on the south far side with a relay. This little rover is near the Lunar South Pole where several orbital craft of the last 10 years have observed water ice in crater areas.  Probably a good place to explore?   Nothing anomalous or unusual about that. What would be weird and ter... [More]
Comment icon #30 Posted by TripGun 3 years ago
I hope they don't get the idea to have a moon rover drag a shovel around to create a giant communist star in sky.
Comment icon #31 Posted by An0n1m0us 3 years ago
That's right Waspie just dismiss comments of those you know bothing about in regards to a subject you know nothing about. Its so common now for everyone to dismiss people as trolls because they do not conform to your ideals. You should just start your own forum based on your personal ideals and opinions. Correct?
Comment icon #32 Posted by An0n1m0us 3 years ago
I remember what happened to the Jade Rabbit. It was televised quite a bit then went away quietly. 
Comment icon #33 Posted by RoofGardener 3 years ago
It got stuck after about 28 days, but carried on transmitting for 3 months before going 'dark'. Not bad really, as it was only projected to work for a month. 
Comment icon #34 Posted by Eldorado 3 years ago
A probe sent by to the far side of the moon by China's space agency has reactivated after two weeks spent hibernating.  Chang'e-4, the moon lander, is back to work after 'sleeping' during the second lunar night, which is equivalent to 14 days on Earth.  The lander woke from its slumber a few hours before its companion rover Yutu-2 (Jade Rabbit-2) and both are once again operating as normal. At the Daily Mail: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6760549/Chinas-Change-4-probe-awakens-time-mission-dark-moon.html


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