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BEIJING | China lands spacecraft on ‘dark’ side of moon in world first

BEIJING  — Jan 03, 2019—China’s burgeoning space program achieved a first on Thursday: a landing on the so-called dark side of the moon. The United States, the then-Soviet Union and more recently China have all sent spacecraft to the near side of the moon, which faces Earth, but this is the first-ever landing on the … Continue reading BEIJING | China lands spacecraft on ‘dark’ side of moon in world first

BEIJING | China launches pioneering mission to far side of moon

BEIJING — China launched a ground-breaking mission Saturday to land a spacecraft on the largely unexplored far side of the moon, demonstrating its growing ambitions as a space power to rival Russia, the European Union and the U.S. A Long March 3B rocket carrying a lunar probe blasted off at 2:23 a.m. from the Xichang … Continue reading BEIJING | China launches pioneering mission to far side of moon

BEIJING | China prepares mission to land spacecraft on moon’s far side

BEIJING — China is preparing to launch a ground-breaking mission to soft-land a spacecraft on the largely unexplored far side of the moon, demonstrating its growing ambitions as a space power to rival Russia, the European Union and U.S. With its Chang’e 4 mission, China hopes to be the first country to ever successfully undertake … Continue reading BEIJING | China prepares mission to land spacecraft on moon’s far side