China breaks through with dark side landing

By Matt Holmes 03 January 2019


Exciting times for space exploration today as China announces it has landed on the “dark side” of the moon.

The BBC reports that China has successfully landed a robotic spacecraft on the far side of the Moon, the first ever such attempt and landing.

At 10:26 Beijing time (02:26 GMT), the un-crewed Chang’e-4 probe touched down in the South Pole-Aitken Basin, state media reports.

It is carrying instruments to analyse the unexplored region’s geology, as well to conduct biological experiments.

The landing is being seen as a major milestone in space exploration.

There have been numerous missions to the Moon in recent years, but the vast majority have been to orbit, fly by or impact. The last crewed landing was Apollo 17 in 1972.

What the landing means for the future of space exploration is yet to be determined but China is a dominant force in the world. It is an industrial powerhouse and as we have seen with this latest moon landing, China is at the forefront of space exploration.