Chinese module to study moon’s far side

11 December, 2018, 02:46 | Author: Emilio Conner
  • Китай запустил миссию на темную сторону Луны

A Long March 3B rocket lifts off from China's Sichuan province early on December 8, carrying a rover destined to land on the far side of the moon.

"Since the far side of the moon is shielded from electromagnetic interference from the Earth, it's an ideal place to research the space environment and solar bursts, and the probe can "listen" to the deeper reaches of the cosmos", said Tongjie Liu, deputy director of the Lunar Exploration and Space Program Center for the China National Space Administration.

If successful, the mission scheduled to blast off aboard a Long March 3B rocket will propel the Chinese space program to a leading position in one of the most important areas of lunar exploration.

It may also carry plant seeds and silkworm eggs, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.

Because the Moon is tidally locked with Earth-its day is the same length as its orbit-there's a far side that never faces toward us.

Китай запустил миссию на темную сторону Луны

This article was originally published by Futurism. Here, the satellite will be able to constantly transmit communications between mission controllers on Earth and the lander-rover on the lunar surface.

Chang'e-2, launched in 2010, created a full lunar map with a resolution of 7 meters, as well as images of the Sinus Iridum, or the Bay of Rainbows, with a resolution of 1.5 meters, showing the details of the proposed landing site of Chang'e-3.

The mission will explore the composition of the Moon's largest impact crater, called the Von Kármán crater, which is 115 miles across (186 kilometres).

The objective of the mission is to deliver samples of lunar soil to Earth. But China will become the first country to land a probe on the dark side of the satellite. The scientific instruments on its lander are still operating, making Chang'e-3 the longest working man-made probe on the moon.

In orbit, the relay satellite can "see" both the earth and the far side of the moon. Its program also suffered a rare setback previous year with the dialed launch of its Long March 5 rocket.

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