PEKIN: China has released a rooftop designed to land in the far side of the Moon, the first global to boost Beijing's ambitions to become a space superpower, state media reported.
Best of all, Changes e-4 Moon Drilling Mission – Named to the Moon Goddess in Chinese Mythology – Launched yesterday yesterday Long March 3B rocket from the launch center in southwestern Xichang at 2.23 hours (local time), according to the official Xinhua news agency.
The blast marks the beginning of a long trip to the distant side of the moon for Changes e-4 the mission that is expected to land around New Year's Eve to conduct experiments and explore the rough terrain.
"Changes e-4 is the first drill of humanity to land and explore the distant side of the Moon, "said Hong Kong's chief commander, He Hong Kong's Aerospace Sciences and Technology, the major state space contracted contractor.
"This mission is also the most significant research project for deep space exploration in the world in 2018," he said.
Unlike the close side of the moon, which is "darkly locked" and always facing the ground and offering very flat spots to touch, the far country is mountainous and healthy.
It was not until 1959 that the Soviet Union conquered the first images on the surface with large crystals, revealing part of the mystery of the "dark side" of the moon.
No pavement or trailer has touched the surface there, positioning China as the first nation to explore the area.
China over the last 10 or 20 years systematically diverted the various American and Soviet alliances that took place during the 1960s and 1970s in space research, "said Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
"This is one of the first times in which they have done something that no one else has done before."
This is not an easy technological success – China is preparing for this moment for years.
A great challenge for such a mission is communication with the robotic stretch: since the far side of the Moon always repels the ground, there is no direct "line of sight" for signals.
As a solution, in May, China shot Queqiao in the orbit of the moon, positioning it so that it could transmit data and commands between Earth and Earth.
Adding to the difficulties, Changes e-4 has been sent to the Athenian basin in the lunar area of the South Pole – known for its rocky and complicated terrain, the state media reported.
The probe performs six experiments from China and four from abroad.
They include low-frequency radio astronomy studies aimed at taking advantage of the absence of disturbances in the far country, as well as mineral and radiation tests, Xinhua said, quoting the Chinese National Space Administration.
Experiments also include planting potatoes and other seeds, according to Chinese media.
Beijing pours billions into its military space program, hoping to have a space station by 2022 and eventually sending people to the moon. – AFP