China starts a new era of space exploration by landing a robotic probe on the far side of the moon.
The probe called Chang’e 4 according to the New York Times, landed on the moon at 9:26 last Wednesday eastern time. It successfully completes a “soft landing”, meaning landing with being damaged. China is now the first nation to land on the dark side of the moon.
Zhu Menghua, a professor at the Macau University of Science and Technology, said:
“This space mission shows that China has reached the advanced world-class level in deep space exploration.” “We Chinese people have done something that the Americans have not dared try.
The Probe is currently exploring that deepest craters on the dark side of the moon. While up there, the probe has also sent down some images of its journey. In addition to these photos, more data is likely to come as it continues to explore.
China is also set to continue expanding its space program. There are plans for the nation to be operating a third space station by 2022. Also, China plans to send probes to Mars following their success on the moon.
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