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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