China launches lunar probe to study moons far side

In space first China launches lunar rover to far side of the moon	 	 	 			China's Chang'e-4 lunar probe rover

In space first China launches lunar rover to far side of the moon China's Chang'e-4 lunar probe rover

Today China will launch the first spacecraft that will travel to the dark side of the moon, writes the Chronicle.info with reference to UNIAN.

The Chang'e 4 robotic probe, the first artifact to touch down on the moon's far side, was lifted atop a Long March 3B carrier rocket at 2:23 am Beijing time at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwestern China's Sichuan province, according to a statement from the China National Space Administration.

Scientists believe the special electromagnetic environment and geological features on the far side of the moon will be suitable for low-frequency radio astronomical observation and research into lunar substances composition.

It's also carrying a 3 kg (6.6 lb) container of seeds and silkworm larvae to study whether they can grow on the surface of the Moon - an experiment that could have long-term implications for a lunar colony.

Communication with the far side of the moon is hard as it is always facing away from the Earth.

Advancing China's space program has been a priority of its leaders, with President Xi Jinping calling for China to establish itself as a space power. The other side, most of which is never visible from Earth, is the far side of the moon.

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India is planning to send its Chandrayaan-2, its second mission to the moon, which is a Rs 800 crore satellite, along with an orbitter, lander and a rover, early in 2019.

The probe is carrying six experiments from China and four from overseas. The Chang'e 3 mission marked first soft-landing by a spacecraft on the moon in almost four decades.

The launch of the spacecraft called Chang'e-4 was the next step China program.

To facilitate communication between controllers on Earth and the Chang'e 4 mission, China in May launched a relay satellite named Queqiao, or "Magpie Bridge", after an ancient Chinese folk tale. Its program also suffered a rare setback a year ago with the dialed launch of its Long March 5 rocket.

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