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?
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