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China lands probe on far side of moon

China lands probe
on far side of moon

A Chinese lunar rover landed on the far side of the moon on Thursday, in a global first. The Chang’e-4 probe sent a photo of the so-called “dark side” of the moon to the Queqiao satellite, which will relay communications to controllers on Earth. The Chang’e-4 lunar probe mission launched in December from the Xichang launch centre. Unlike the near side of the moon that offers many flat areas to touch down on, the far side is mountainous and rugged. The moon is “tidally locked” to Earth in its rotation so the same side is always facing Earth. Chang’e-4 is carrying six experiments from China and four from abroad. page 4