China’s Chang’e-4 probe lands successfully on far side of moon

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Beijing – China’s Chang’e 4 space probe on Thursday became the first to make a soft landing on the far side of the moon, state-run news agency Xinhua said.

China’s National Space Administration said the lander-rover probe touched down at 10.26am Bejing time, it added.

The official Global Times added that the space probe landed in the South Pole-Aitken basin of the moon and called it, “a major breakthrough in human exploration of the universe.”

From the basin, the probe is expected to gather information about substances deep in the moon, Chinese Academy of Sciences moon exploration department expert Zou Yongliao said at a press conference in November, according to the Times.

Chang’e-4 was launched by a Long March 3B carrier rocket on Dec. 8 from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan province.