The Chinese space probe will arrive first in the dark side of the moon, according to the official Xinhua news agency, it is seen as an important step in the country to boost the space program.
Protest, Chang & # 39; e-4, a planned plan on the Sunday plateau to "prepare for the far-off primary landing of the moon," said the news agency on Sunday, the Chinese National Space Administration.
He did not say landing would happen.
The moon is locked on the ground, rotating the same rate as the planet's orbit, so on the remote – or "dark side" – it's never visible on Earth. Old spacecraft have seen the farthest side of the moon, but no one landed.
China Chang & # 39; e-4 probe was launched a month before, through the Long March-3B rocket. He picks up a vehicle for exploring the Earth and the surface of the moon.
Xinhua said the probe was entering the elliptical orbit at 8:55 p.m. at Beijing time (11:30 a.m. AEDT), which is located at the nearest 15-kilometer spot on the moon's surface. Chang & # 39; e-4 entered the first 12 orbit into the lunar orbit.
The tasks of Chang's are astronomers' observations, the moon's crust, landform and mineral composition analysis, and neutron radiation and neutral atoms to study the remote environment of the moon.
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China intends to have space capacity with Russia and the United States in 2030. He wants to start the construction of the Spanish space next year.
However, China has emphasized that, despite its entirely peaceful intentions, the US Department of Defense has accused other nations of avoiding the use of space assets in a crisis.
The center control center will select "the appropriate time" for the remote control of the moon, Xinhua said. Its fall relay satellite, Queqiao, or Magpie Bridge is helping.