China launches a rocket to land on the other side of the moon for the first time

China launches a rocket to land on the other side of the moon for the first time

China has launched a historic space mission to the dark side of the moon.

On Friday, a Long March rocket launched the moon landing craft Chang'e-4 from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southern China.

If everything goes as planned, the mission would be the first time a rover has landed on the other side of the moon.

It shows Beijing's growing ambitions as a space power that can compete with Russia, the European Union and the US.