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China prepares ground-breaking mission to land spacecraft on moon’s far side

The moon’s far side is also known as the dark side because it faces away from Earth and remains comparatively unknown, with a different composition from sites on the near side, where previous missions have landed.

world Updated: Dec 07, 2018 12:05 IST
Associated Press
Associated Press
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With its Chang’e 4 mission, China hopes to be the first country to ever successfully undertake such a landing.(File Photo)

China is preparing to launch a ground-breaking mission to soft-land a spacecraft on the largely unexplored far side of the moon, demonstrating its growing ambitions as a space power to rival Russia, the European Union and U.S.

With its Chang’e 4 mission, China hopes to be the first country to ever successfully undertake such a landing. The moon’s far side is also known as the dark side because it faces away from Earth and remains comparatively unknown, with a different composition from sites on the near side, where previous missions have landed.

If successful, the mission scheduled to blast off aboard a Long March 3B rocket early Saturday local time will propel the Chinese space program to a leading position in one of the most important areas of lunar exploration.

First Published: Dec 07, 2018 12:03 IST