China Races Toward Luna Incognita

The farside of the moon, a frontier that no one has yet been able to land on it and so little is known about the farside of the moon. China wants to be the first.

Consisting of a lander and a rover, Chang’e-4 is targeting the moon’s farside, the lunar hemisphere that is always facing away from Earth. No spacecraft has ever achieved a soft landing there before, although in 1962 NASA crashed its Ranger 4 probe into the farside surface.

“Relative to the nearside, in many respects we know very little about the farside,” says Mark Robinson, a planetary scientist at Arizona State University and the principal investigator for NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC).

Read more on Scientific American.

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Source: neatorama

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