China lands probe on far side of the moon

China lands probe on far side of the moon

China lands probe on far side of the moon

Written by Staff Writer

03 Jan, 2019 | 10:36 am

Colombo (News1st) – International media has reported that China’s unmanned Chang’e-4 probe successfully touched down on the far side of the moon this morning. This is incidentally the first time a probe has touched down on this area of the moon.

CGTN reports that the probe sent the world’s first close shot of the moon’s far side through the Queqiao (Magpie Bridge) relay satellite, which is operating in the halo orbit around the second Lagrangian (L2) point of the earth-moon system.

The probe which is equipped with a lander and rover is expected to conduct studies on the composition of minerals on the far side of the moon as well as perform low-frequency radio astronomical observation.

The Chang’e-4 probe blasted off nearly a month ago, on December 8, 2018, from southwest China’s Xichang Satellite Launch Center.

 

 


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