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China stakes far side of Moon
Soon after landing on the unexplored back side of the Moon, China's rover "Yutu" drove off the lander. Credit: CNSA

China stakes far side of Moon

China achieved a big first in space by successfully soft landing a rover on the far side of the moon, a major the technical feat.

The lander, Chang’e 4 arrived on January 3 and deployed the Yutu rover. It will search for evidence of the moon’s composition on the side that Earth never sees due to the two planets’ orbital dance influenced by tidal flows that slowed the moon’s rotation.

Chang’e 4 landed at the Von Kármán crater, on a smooth volcanic floor located within the great Aitken basin. China’s space agency, CNSA explained the ...

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