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Bright side of landing on dark side of Moon?

It would be better for mankind if US and China could cooperate in space exploration

There was great joy and pride among the Chinese as the Chang'e-4 lunar probe scored a world first by landing successfully on the far side of the Moon.

It was all the more gratifying as Thursday's soft landing was a difficult feat fraught with risks. The United States, in its final lunar mission in 1972, decided against this because of the difficulties.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 05, 2019, with the headline 'Bright side of landing on dark side of Moon?'. Subscribe