NASA released a photo of the Chinese landing site and the lander on the ‘dark side’ of the moon.
The dark side is the part of the moon that is eternally out of view from Earth.
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China’s Chang’e-4 mission, named after a lunar goddess, the first ever to reach the far side of the Moon, successfully landed on the lunar surface on 3 January.
The Chang’s-4 lunar probe took off on the early morning hours of December 8 last year to explore the far side of the moon from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan province in southern China.
The instruments on the rover and lander consist of special cameras, ground-penetrating radar and spectrometers to help ascertain the composition of rocks and dirt on the back side of the moon.
The moon rover will also be conducting a fascinating biology experiment to check whether plant seeds will develop and silkworm eggs will hatch on the low gravity environment of the moon, according to Xinhua.
Light and radio transmissions from Earth to the moon’s far side are blocked. When Apollo astronauts orbited the moon, they temporarily (and expectedly) lost contact with mission control in Houston each time they passed behind the 2,159-mile-wide ball of rock.
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