China is thinking about landing a spacecraft on the ‘dark side’ of the moon. The mission is expected to happen in 2020. That will allow China to be the first country to explore the dark side of the moon.
China is thinking about landing a spacecraft on the ‘dark side’ of the moon.
The mission is expected to happen in 2020. That will allow China to be the first country to explore the dark side of the moon.
China’s Lunar Exploration Program told the broadcaster CCTV that this mission would allow the Chang’e 4 spacecraft to orbit the moon before it sends its rover on the surface.
Wu Weiren said they were more likely to choose more harsh site which is quite difficult to land. If so, it is going to be more ‘technically challenging’. Their next step would be to see some other spacecraft landing on the far side of the moon.
In December 2013, China succeeded to land the Chang’e 3 on the moon. Thus they became the third nation, in addition to Russia and United States, who landed on the moon surface.
The invisible for Earth side has been observed by different probes. However, nobody have ever tried to land there. Wu refused to give any other details on the matter.
The Chang’e 4 spacecraft is designed to be as a backup for the Chang’e-3. The Chang’e-3 released a rover, which is still working on the moon. They called it “jade rabbit”.
The second phase of the Chang’e-3 mission, which was focused on orbiting and landing on the moon, was completed.
It was stated in March, the third phase is going to be launched in 2017. They are going to introduce the Chang’e-5 spacecraft. This mission comprises of orbiting, landing on the moon and going back to Earth.
After landing, the lunar lander is going to dig and collect the samples below the surface. The Chang’e-5 is said to be launched from the just built Wenchang Satellite Launch Center in Hainan, which is located on island on the South of China.