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    Default China lands a probe on the Far Side of the Moon.

    China has long considered itself to be the celestial Kingdom and the center of the Universe and now is going Great Lengths to prove the point.

    Far side of the moon: China's Chang'e 4 probe makes historic touchdown | Science | The Guardian

    "A Chinese spacecraft has become the first to land on the far side of the moon in a historic moment for human space exploration.

    The robotic probe Chang’e 4 landed in the unexplored South Pole-Aitken basin, the biggest known impact structure in the solar system, at about 2.30am GMT on Thursday. Prior to confirmation of the landing and the release of the first close-up shots of the far lunar surface by the Chinese state broadcaster CCTV, many details of the mission, including the planned timing of the landing, had been kept secret.

    Instruments onboard the Chang’e lander and rover will aim to study the local lunar geology, probe the moon’s interior, and analyse the solar wind – a stream of high-energy particles that flow from the sun. Onboard experiments will also test how well plants grow in the weak lunar gravity."

    Will China send a person to the Moon before the US returns, will China become the first country to establish a Lunar base?

    Thoughts? Pink Floyd references?

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    Better late than never I guess. Could they photograph the lunar jeep thingy while they're there to prove the Americans were actually on the moon for our Limerick SF chap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Degeneration X View Post
    China has long considered itself to be the celestial Kingdom and the center of the Universe and now is going Great Lengths to prove the point.

    Far side of the moon: China's Chang'e 4 probe makes historic touchdown | Science | The Guardian

    "A Chinese spacecraft has become the first to land on the far side of the moon in a historic moment for human space exploration.

    The robotic probe Chang’e 4 landed in the unexplored South Pole-Aitken basin, the biggest known impact structure in the solar system, at about 2.30am GMT on Thursday. Prior to confirmation of the landing and the release of the first close-up shots of the far lunar surface by the Chinese state broadcaster CCTV, many details of the mission, including the planned timing of the landing, had been kept secret.

    Instruments onboard the Chang’e lander and rover will aim to study the local lunar geology, probe the moon’s interior, and analyse the solar wind – a stream of high-energy particles that flow from the sun. Onboard experiments will also test how well plants grow in the weak lunar gravity."

    Will China send a person to the Moon before the US returns, will China become the first country to establish a Lunar base?

    Thoughts? Pink Floyd references?
    As a piece of science, this is to be welcomed.

    And there would be absolutely nothing wrong with the Chinese Moonbase. However, a joint Chinese-Japanese-Indian-European-US-Whatever Moonbase would be even better.

    Space has been one place where effective international co-operation has worked. Science in general works as a successful collective human enterprise (e.g. climate science, weather forecasting).

    We need more international co-operation, not less. Perhaps the Chinese becoming serious players in space is an opportunity to do that.

    On the negative side, international rivalry to exploit resources on the Moon, like minerals, needs to be avoided. There is a fore taste of this going on here on Earth, as a shrinking Arctic lends itself to exploitation, and possibly a shrinking Antarctic also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Niall996 View Post
    Better late than never I guess. Could they photograph the lunar jeep thingy while they're there to prove the Americans were actually on the moon for our Limerick SF chap.
    No one has landed anything on the dark side of the Moon before so I believe that is a first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by owedtojoy View Post
    As a piece of science, this is to be welcomed.

    And there would be absolutely nothing wrong with the Chinese Moonbase. However, a joint Chinese-Japanese-Indian-European-US-Whatever Moonbase would be even better.

    Space has been one place where effective international co-operation has worked. Science in general works as a successful collective human enterprise (e.g. climate science, weather forecasting).

    We need more international co-operation, not less. Perhaps the Chinese becoming serious players in space is an opportunity to do that.

    On the negative side, international rivalry to exploit resources on the Moon, like minerals, needs to be avoided. There is a fore taste of this going on here on Earth, as a shrinking Arctic lends itself to exploitation, and possibly a shrinking Antarctic also.
    China is distinctly not a part of any international space effort no Chinese astronaut has ever been aboard the ISS for instance China has its own space agency.

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    Those million Muslim Uighurs in Chinese 're-education' camps must feel like they
    are on the 'dark side of the moon'.

    Our Irish Hard Left 'activists' and SJW's?? Meh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alphonse View Post
    No one has landed anything on the dark side of the Moon before so I believe that is a first.
    Yes it is, hard to believe humans could land a probe on Titan, Saturn's moon before exploring via probe half of our own!

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    I suppose the correct term is "far side" of the moon rather than dark side, because it isn't any darker than the near side. But, it's a hard place to land an automated probe because radio communications aren't possible with the moon blocking the path back to earth. I think they solved that problem by putting a satellite in orbit around the moon and relaying communications through it. It's an impressive achievement though.

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