China Prepares to Head for the Far Side of the Moon

China Prepares to Head for the Far Side of the Moon

Back in 2013, the Chang'e-3 landed on the surface, which was followed by the announcement of a moon base. The probe is carrying seeds for an experiment in cultivating vegetables in a closed environment on the lunar surface.

The Chang'e-4 is an unmanned apparatus, which naturally reduces the risk, but it will still be a challenge for engineers to ensure the commands during the approach of the space probe to the far side of the Moon, the precision landing of the probe to a specified point, using a remote control, and the successful transmission of images to Earth.

The lander and rover will be exploring and study the crater-marker far side of the Moon.

It is unclear how long the mission will last, but Foing says China expects the rover to endure for at least one Earth month-which includes one lunar day and night.

Believe it or not, the far side of the moon is also something of a coveted spot for astronomers who have talked for decades of building observatories on the lunar backside, far away from the bothersome interference of Earth's atmosphere.

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.

The spacecraft's signals will likely be coming from the floor of Von Kármán Crater, a 115-mile-wide (186 kilometers) hole in the ground that's the mission's expected landing site. In addition, the model was further developed because the terrain on the far side of the Moon is much more complex.

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According to Carolyn van der Bogert, a planetary geologist at Westfälische Wilhelms University in Münster, Germany, China's mission is definitely a significant and important accomplishment in lunar exploration. Queqiao is collecting astronomy data as well, using an onboard instrument called the Netherlands-China Low-Frequency Explorer.

The trip to the moon will take 27 days after launch. Researchers will keep tabs on how these organisms live and develop on the lunar surface. Moreover, the craters on the surface of the moon were thought to have been created during a period called Late Heavy Bombardment when a huge number of asteroids impacted the inner planets. Two probes have been put in Lunar orbit, Chang'e-1 and 2.

China also plans to land on and explore the southern and northern polar regions of the moon by 2030 and set up a lunar scientific research station, an official from the China National Space Administration told the China Daily. Chinese scientist also plans to determine whether plants can grow in the moon's gravity.

And then there's the crewed side of things.

China has focused its space efforts on the Moon since its space program was initiated in 2004.

Chang'e 4 is a major advance for the Chinese lunar program.

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