Chinese spacecraft takes off on mission to the other side of the moon

China today launched (December 8, 2:22 pm local time) its lander and Rover Chang # 4 from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center as part of a mission hoping to land on the other side of the moon.

Chang'e 4 is the next in line of Chinese Chang's missions and would be the first ship to land on the other side of the moon. It shows the competitiveness of the country's space program on the international stage.

Model of the Chang & # 39; s moon Lander. Photo: AP

Because the Moon is firmly connected to Earth – its day is as long as its orbit – there is another side that never faces us. China launched its Queqiao satellite earlier this year to communicate with Lander and Rover.

The mission will investigate the composition of the largest impact crater of the Moon, the Von Kármán Crater, which stretches over a length of 186 kilometers. It uses a spectrometer and a radar to characterize the area in which it sits.

The other side of the moon is blocked by earth's radio noise and could serve as a potential location for a radio telescope. The mission includes radio spectrometers to characterize this radio wave environment. It also carries seeds as part of a "miniature biosphere" experiment for growing vegetables in the lunar soil.

The arrival of the probe lasts 27 days, reports the Planetary Society.

Chang'e 4 follows a series of Chinese lunar missions, including two orbiters and one lander. It shows the continued success of the country's space program. It was the third nation to send people into space, reports CBS, and has its own space station. Chinese scientists and astronauts are not allowed to use the International Space Station because the US government refuses to cooperate with China on space travel.

China plans to launch Chang'e 5 next year, a mission to return samples from the Moon. They hope to bring a human to the moon in the 2030s.

Selected Photo: NASA