China’s Chang’e-4 Moon lander – farside bound
Credit: New China TV

China is once again at the door step of exploring the Moon.

Hurled moonward by a Long March-3B carrier rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China’s Sichuan Province, Chang’e-4 has nudged itself into an elliptical lunar orbit with instructions yet to come on when the craft will nose-dive to a farside of the Moon landing.

Chang’e-4 Moon lander and rover.
Credit: Chinese Academy of Sciences






For more details on the implications of Chang’e-4, go to my new Scientific American story:

With First-Ever Landing on Moon’s Farside, China Enters “Luna Incognita”

The Chang’e-4 mission could have major effects on Earthbound science and politics

By Leonard David on December 21, 2018

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