China would be the first space nation to land on the back of the moon. The project is part of Beijing’s ambitious space program.
China sent the probe Chang’e 4 into space on Saturday (local time) to explore the far side of the moon. A Long March 3B rocket with the rover on board took off from the spaceport in southwestern China’s Xichang city, Xinhua News Agency reported. With a successful mission, China would be the first space nation to land on the back of the moon.
The premiere is part of Beijing’s ambitious space program. Chang’e 4 is said to reach the back of the moon around New Year’s Day. It will do scientific experiments there and explore the pristine terrain. The spacecraft of the Chinese lunar program are named after the moon goddess Chang’e from Chinese mythology.