China's Chang'E-4 Dark-side Of The Moon Mission Detailed

Posted: Jun 14 2016, 5:37am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

China's Chang'E-4 Dark-side of the Moon Mission Detailed

The China National Space Administration has announced the schedule of the Chang'E-4 dark-side of the moon mission.

The China National Space Administration announced this week more details about its dark-side of the moon mission. The Chang'E-4 probe is scheduled to launch in May/June of 2018. The probe will be brought to the Lagrange Point L2 position. 6 month later the Chang'E-4 lander and rover are planned to land at the South Pole–Aitken basin on the dark-side of the moon.

The South Pole–Aitken basin is one of the largest known impact craters in the Solar System. According to Wikipedia it is roughly 1,600 miles in diameter and 8.1 miles deep.

"We chose the side of the moon landing near the south pole Aitken basin, because it is the international focus of attention, scientists believed the most interesting place of research," said CNSA's Liu Tongjie.

The Chang E-4 rover will be equipped with cameras and carry several scientific payloads.

China will with this mission bring more knowledge about the dark-side of the moon. Not that much is known. The terrain is rugged, with a multitude of impact craters and relatively few flat lunar maria. About 80% of the dark-side are never viewable from earth. Moon's dark-side has been first observed in 1959 by the Russian Luna 3 space probe.

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