The far side of the moon: What China and the world hope to find

A Chinese space probe successfully touched down on the far side of the moon, state media said, hailing it as an historic first landing on a mission seen as an important step for China's space programme.
The first close-up image of the dark side of the moon taken by China's Chang'e-4 lunar probe on Jan 3, 2019.
The first close-up image of the dark side of the moon taken by China's Chang'e-4 lunar probe on Jan 3, 2019.PHOTO: XINHUA

BEIJING (NYTIMES) - In a spaceflight first, China's Chang'e-4 has landed where no spacecraft has touched down in one piece before: the far side of the moon.

"This is a historic step in international scientific exploration of the moon, opening up the 'Luna Incognita' of the lunar far side to surface exploration for the first time," said Professor James Head, a planetary scientist at Brown University.

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