China Rings in 2019 with Moon Landing
|China's The Chang'e 4 Spacecraft|
Historic Soft Landing on Far Side of Moon
China's The Chang'e 4 spacecraft is set to land on the far side of the Moon between January 1 and January 3. What a way to ring in the New Year. This is a first in space exploration and a big win for China. No spacecraft has accomplished a soft landing on the far side of the Moon.
The spacecraft is equipped with a rover to explore the lunar surface. China has launched several relay satellites to allow The Chang'e 4 to communicate with the China Space Agency.
Next Space Shot: The Chang'e 5
This is the second time that China has landed on the moon. But it's the first time any spacecraft has landed on the far side of the moon. The Chang'e 4's mission is to study the lunar surface's composition as well as the lunar terrain. Next mission: The Chang'e 5 that will land on the Moon but also return to the earth with lunar samples.