‘New Chapter’ In Space Exploration As China Reaches Far Side Of The Moon

China reached a milestone in space exploration on Thursday, landing a vehicle on the far side of the moon for the first time in history, the country’s space agency announced. The landing of the probe, called Chang’e-4 after the moon goddess in Chinese mythology, is one in a coming series of missions that underscore the country’s ambitions to join — and even lead — the space race. China landed another rover on the moon in 2013, joining the United States and the Soviet Union as the only nations to have carried out a “soft landing” there, but the Chang’e-4 is the first to touch down on the side of the moon that perpetually faces away from the Earth. The mission “has opened a new chapter in humanity’s exploration of the moon,” the China National Space Administration said in an announcement on its website. The probe sent back to the earth the first close-up image of the moon’s far side using a relay satellite China calls “Queqiao,” or “Magpie Bridge,” the space agency said in a notice that included images it said were taken by the probe. Although a latecomer by decades to space exploration, China is quickly catching up, experts say, and could challenge the United States for supremacy in artificial intelligence, quantum computing and other fields.

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Everyone: there is no dark side of the moon, just a far side.... :)

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Just now, damirUSBiH said:

Everyone: there is no dark side of the moon, just a far side.... :)

Yep...Pink Floyd already beat the Chinese to the Dark Side of the Moon

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It's pitiful that space is just another competition. Imagine if all the countries on earth worked together.  Won't happen, but  it should.  Maybe it will take the threat of extinction by as yet undiscovered aliens, to get cooperation.

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I'm sorry they politicized it. This landing is also a world class achievement, and should be considered as a step for humanity, not for only one country. Congratulations all around.

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Probably looking for a location for the next Silicon Valley...

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Imagine how much longer it would have taken China to reach the moon without all the high tech they steal and from the higher education they receive in American Universities.

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1 hour ago, TXPower said:

Imagine how much longer it would have taken China to reach the moon without all the high tech they steal and from the higher education they receive in American Universities.

At least the universities have decayed enough for the education to be half-worthless...

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