China's history of lunar exploration

China's history of lunar exploration

China's history of lunar exploration

In May, China launched a relay satellite tasked with transmitting signals between Chang'e 4 and ground control.

Tomorrow, at about 1:30 p.m. EST (2:30 a.m. on December 8 local time), China's robotic Chang'e-4 mission will launch on a Long March 3B rocket, headed for the lunar surface.

A Long March-3B rocket, carrying the probe including a lander and a rover, blasted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province at 2:23 a.m., opening a new chapter in lunar exploration. It's mission will be to explore the composition of the lunar surface.

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 Moon landing and lunar missions continue to be a source of fascination.

According to The Guardian, the mission of the Chinese space Agency has named Chang'e-4.

The Moon's far side is blocked off from the radio noise of Earth, and could serve as a potential location for a radio telescope.

If you're tempted to make a Pink Floyd joke, remember this: "The side of the Moon we do not see from Earth gets just as much sunlight on it as the side we do see".

The lander will conduct the first lunar low-frequency radio astronomy experiment, observe whether plants will grow in the low-gravity environment, and explore whether there is water or other resources at the poles.

This mission is part of a larger program of China for the exploration of the moon.

The 140 kg Chang'e-4 rover.

A Chinese spacecraft is headed toward the moon on a historic mission.

It's expected to land in early January after 26 days of flight, said China's Aerospace Science and Technology Corp. The scientific instruments on its lander are still operating, making Chang'e-3 the longest working man-made probe on the moon.

If the mission succeeds, China has plans to launch a fifth Chang'e mission next year that would collect samples of the moon's surface and bring them back to Earth. Its program also suffered a rare setback previous year with the dialed launch of its Long March 5 rocket.

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