By Gage Simpson, Owner Of New Frontier News
Thursday, January 3, 2019
(NEW FRONTIER NEWS)- China successfully landed the first ever probe on the far side of the Moon.
The Chang-e 4 explorer landed at 10:26 a.m. Beijing time and was able to take a picture shortly after landing.
Chang-e 4 mission is carrying out low-frequency radio astronomical observations. It will also carry out experiments to determine mineral composition and structure of the terrain around it.
The probe will also send out a rover to explore the area.
The far side was chosen for the mission as there is no radio interference from Earth. This allows Chang-e 4 to see the actual background radio frequency without having to worry about the radio noise from Earth.
“The far side of the moon is a rare quiet place that is free from interference of radio signals from Earth,” mission spokesman Yu Guobin said, according to Xinhua. “This probe can fill the gap of low-frequency observation in radio astronomy and will provide important information for studying the origin of stars and nebula evolution.”
This made the mission require a relay satellite, “Queqiao,” or “Magpie Bridge,” to send back messages to Earth.
Queqiao was launched in May.
Chang-e 4 was launched on Dec. 8 from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southern China using a Long March 3B rocket.
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