China successfully lands on the far side of the moon

A Chinese spacecraft has successfully landed on the far side of the moon after a month-long journey, the China National Space Administration announced. This marks a historic moment as Chinese space administration officials aim to collect rock and soil from this challenging region of the lunar surface for the first time ever.

Experts like Professor John Pernet-Fisher from the University of Manchester expressed excitement about the opportunity to explore rocks that have never been seen before. The spacecraft, named Chang’e 6, landed in the Apollo Basin on the moon’s far side, chosen for its scientific potential and favorable landing conditions.

Navigating the rugged terrain on the far side posed challenges for the Chinese space scientists. The craft used 3D technology to scan the surface before landing, hovering about 300 feet above. This mission includes engineering innovations and high risks, according to the CNSA.

Chang’e 6 will spend three days exploring the lunar surface and collecting material, with a focus on extracting some of the oldest rocks known to exist on the moon’s south pole. This unique opportunity could provide answers to fundamental questions about planetary formation and the origin of water in the solar system.

China is the first and only country to land a module on the back side of the moon, a feat first achieved with the Chang’e 4 spacecraft in 2019. The successful landing of Chang’e 6 on this challenging terrain showcases China’s advancements in space exploration.

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