China’s Chang’e-4 probe successfully landed on far side of the moon at 10:26 a.m. BJT Thursday. This is the first ever soft-landing on this uncharted area.
The probe also sent the world’s first close shot of the moon’s far side through the Queqiao (Magpie Bridge) relay satellite, which is operating in the halo orbit around the second Lagrangian (L2) point of the earth-moon system.
The Chang’e-4 – which includes a lander and a rover – is now expected to study the mineral composition and shallow lunar surface structure of the moon’s far side, as well as perform low-frequency radio astronomical observation.
It will be a key step in revealing the mysterious side of the moon which never faces the Earth.
The Chang’e-4 probe blasted off nearly a month ago, on December 8, 2018, from southwest China’s Xichang Satellite Launch Center.