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China to venture to the far side of the Moon

Posted on Thursday, 6 December, 2018 | Comment icon 15 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.

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Comment icon #6 Posted by toast on 6 December, 2018, 18:39
The moon is tidally locked to the Earth and the "rear side" of the Moon is always illuminated by the Sun when the Moon`s rear side is directed to the Sun, while orbiting Earth. Just think about a solar eclipse.
Comment icon #7 Posted by seanjo on 6 December, 2018, 18:41
Yeah, I was talking utter b******s...apart from the orbiter...  
Comment icon #8 Posted by Not A Rockstar on 6 December, 2018, 18:57
eh, I learn a lot from you Seanjo and thought the same until @toast corrected you. One of those head slaps of logic. Of course it is not dark, but...why did I never make the connection? LOL. Thanks Toast. 
Comment icon #9 Posted by toast on 6 December, 2018, 18:59
Ack-Ack! Ack!
Comment icon #10 Posted by Gecks on 6 December, 2018, 23:15
My initial reaction to this was what advantages does the far side of the moon possess to our side. However after reading the article theres potentially a lot of knowledge to gain. Interested for future developments on this.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Robotic Jew on 7 December, 2018, 15:26
Can I go?
Comment icon #12 Posted by Myles on 7 December, 2018, 15:36
Is the "bang for the buck" there for this mission?
Comment icon #13 Posted by UFOwatcher on 7 December, 2018, 17:52
Thanks for NOT calling it the Dark Side as so many websites do. The Far side is correct.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Mystify on 7 December, 2018, 20:18
My question is what is China's REAL purpose for going to the far side?  Most governments will only tell media what they want us to know or think. Not the truth. In my opinion there is always a hidden agenda with governments. I've seen countless video's of UFO's flying on the other side. I do watch secureteam10 quite a bit and feel like this will be discussed soon no doubt.
Comment icon #15 Posted by toast on 7 December, 2018, 22:58
As usual: research. Wrong. Bilderberg/Rothschild/Illuminati tell the governments what to tell to the media. Example: Reichsflugscheibe. Blah. But these objects aren't UFOs, the objects are seagulls, simple seagulls. There are hundreds of stupid "UFO-Channels" on YT, but you prefer the most stupid one, ST10? You are screwed.

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