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China declares its Moon landing a success as it releases photos of the far side of the Moon

China has plenty of reason to celebrate here in early 2019, and not just because it's a new year. The country's space agency, CNSA, successfully landed its Chang'e 4 lunar lander on the far side of the Moon and deployed a rover which scientists will use to study the surface. It's a monumental achievement for China, which has been playing a bit of "catch up" in space exploration lately. Now, with its rover exploring the hidden side of the Moon for the first time, the country is d...
Tags: News, China, Earth, Chang, CNSA, Lunar Micro Ecosystem


China releases detailed 360-degree photo from the first mission to land on the far side of the moon

China recently landed the first space mission ever, called Chang'e 4, on the far side of the moon. The mission's landing spacecraft and Yutu-2 rover were sent to probe the moon's geology, seek out water, study the night sky, and even grow silkworms on the lunar surface. Both spacecraft recently woke up from a "noon nap" to survive searing-hot temperatures. The lander took a 360-degree, wrap-around picture of the landing site after waking up on Friday. China has released a detailed panoramic i...
Tags: China, Russia, Trends, Nasa, Don, Chang, Yutu, Space News, China National Space Administration, Leicester England, CNSA, South Pole Aitken Basin, Tamela Maciel, National Space Center


Now, it’s China’s turn to explore the Moon

NASA may have landed on the Moon decades ago, but that doesn't mean we know all that much about our nearest celestial neighbor. We're regularly learning new things as we stare at the lunar surface from Earth, and NASA and other space groups have sent various probes and orbiters to study it in greater detail than was possible. Now, it's China's turn. In a landing that lined up nicely with the new year, China's Chang'e 4 touched down on the far side of the Moon and quickl...
Tags: Science, China, Nasa, Earth, Moon, Chang, CNSA


A scientist at NASA has figured out exactly where China landed its historic lunar mission on the moon's far side

For the first time in history, China landed a spacecraft on the moon's far side. The Chang'e-4 mission safely placed a rover and lander on the lunar surface Wednesday night (early Thursday morning in China). Broadly, the moon mission landed inside a crater that's located within a large, ancient collision site called the South Pole-Aitken Basin. China has not been specific about precisely where its mission landed, but NASA lunar scientists may have located the exact spot. For the first time in...
Tags: England, China, Russia, Israel, US, Trends, Nasa, Mark Robinson, Don, Chang, UTC, Noah Petro, China National Space Administration, Petro, LRO, CNSA


A scientist at NASA has located the exact place China landed its historic lunar mission on the moon's far side

For the first time in history, China landed a spacecraft on the moon's far side. The Chang'e-4 mission safely placed a rover and lander on the lunar surface Wednesday night (early Thursday morning in China). Broadly, the moon mission landed inside a crater that's located within a large, ancient collision site called the South Pole-Aitken Basin. China has not been specific about precisely where its mission landed, but NASA lunar scientists may have located the exact spot. For the first time in...
Tags: England, China, Russia, Israel, US, Trends, Nasa, Mark Robinson, Don, Chang, UTC, Noah Petro, China National Space Administration, Petro, LRO, CNSA


This map shows exactly where China landed its Chang'e-4 spacecraft on the far side of the moon

For the first time in history, China landed a spacecraft on the moon's far side. The Chang'e-4 mission safely placed a rover and lander on the lunar surface Wednesday night (early Thursday morning in China). Specifically, the moon mission landed inside a crater that's located within a large, ancient collision site called the South Pole-Aitken Basin. A graphical map shows the exact spot where China landed its unprecedented mission. For the first time in history, China landed a spacecraft on th...
Tags: England, China, Russia, Israel, US, Trends, Nasa, Mark Robinson, Don, Chang, UTC, Noah Petro, China National Space Administration, Von Karman, CNSA, South Pole Aitken Basin


Welcome to the Dark Side (of the Moon) – Chinese Probe Makes History

Big things happened in the world of space exploration this week. China’s Chang'e 4 lander finally made it to the other side of the moon and touched down without a hitch. Image via China National Space Administration. And, like any good traveler, it is sending back some awesome postcards. The China National Space Administration announced the lunar landing by the Chang’e 4 around 9 PM on January 2. The probe landed inside the Van Karman crater and beamed back a nice color photo of its landing sp...
Tags: Photography, News, China, Earth, Chang, China National Space Administration, CNSA, Van Karman


China’s lunar probe sends back its first photos of the far side of the Moon

It's not all that often that China breaks entirely new ground when it comes to space science but that's exactly what the country did earlier today by successfully landing its Chang'e 4 spacecraft on the Moon's surface. China's space agency was quick to post new photos snapped from the lander, declaring the touchdown and deployment of its lunar rover a success. This is the very first time that any country has performed a soft landing or rover deployment on the far side of Ear...
Tags: Science, China, Earth, Moon, Carmen, Chang, CNSA


China Successfully Touches Down Chang'e 4, First Soft-Landed Craft on the Far Side of the Moon

The China National Space Administration (CNSA) has landed the Chang’e 4 lunar probe on the far side of the Moon, Chinese media reported on Wednesday night (Eastern Time)—marking the first time that any known spacecraft has made a soft landing on the Moon’s more distant half.Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, Technology, China, Change, Moon, Spaceflight, Chang, China National Space Administration, China National Space Administration CNSA, CNSA, Change 4, Lunar Landing, Change 3, Far Side Of The Moon


China's Chang-e'4 mission aims to land on Moon's far side

A Chinese spacecraft is attempting to make the first ever landing on the far side of the Moon on Thursday, in a milestone for space exploration. The China National Space Administration (CNSA) is preparing to land the robotic spacecraft in the South Pole-Aitken basin, the largest, oldest and deepest crater on the moon's surface. The probe, the Chang'e-4, entered a planned orbit on Sunday "to prepare for the first-ever soft landing on the far side of the moon", Xinhua news agency said, cit...
Tags: Science, China, Russia, US, Earth, Moon, Surrey, Mars, Ucl, Chang, Xinhua, Andrew Coates, Mullard Space Science Laboratory, South Pole Aitken, Von Karman, China National Space Administration CNSA


A Chinese moon satellite took an incredible picture of Earth that will make you feel tiny

In May, China launched two small microsatellites, called Longjiang-1 and Longjiang-2, into orbit around the moon. One of the spacecraft took a stunning photo of Earth and the moon using a Saudi Arabian camera system. The microsatellites were part of a mission to launch a lunar relay satellite called Queqiao, which China will use to communicate with a rover that may be the first to explore the moon's far side. As a Chinese microsatellite called Longjiang-2 slipped into orbit around the moon l...
Tags: China, US, Trends, Earth, Jones, Scott Kelly, Don, Chongqing, Chang, Cowherd, LaGrange, People s Daily, Yutu, Andrew Jones, Dragon River, China National Space Administration CNSA


China satellite heralds first mission to dark side of Moon

China launched on Monday a relay satellite that will allow a rover to communicate with the Earth from the far side of the Moon during an unprecedented mission later this year. The Queqiao ("Magpie Bridge") satellite was blasted into space from the southwestern Xichang launch centre in the pre-dawn hours, according to the China National Space Administration. The satellite split from its carrier, a Long March-4C rocket, after 25 minutes and unfolded its solar panels and communication antennas, a...
Tags: News, China, Moon, China National Space Administration, CNSA, Queqiao Magpie Bridge


China's First Private Space Rocket Launch Ever Was This Week

OneSpace Technologies conducted the first private rocket launch in Chinese history this week, firing off the 30-foot (9 meter) OS-X from a platform in northwest China on Thursday, according to CNN.Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, Technology, China, Rockets, Spaceflight, Rocketry, Private Spaceflight, OneSpace, CNSA, OneSpace Technologies


Astronaut Scott Kelly: 'I think that China will overtake the US in the space business — if we allow them to'

Scott Kelly, a former NASA astronaut who lived in space for nearly a year, visited the offices of Business Insider. Commercial companies like SpaceX, Blue Origin, Boeing, and others are hoping to establish a permanent presence in space with NASA's help. However, Kelly said "China will overtake the US in the space business — if we allow them to." Kelly would like to see the ISS last longer and new space stations established at the moon or "other interesting points throughout our solar system." ...
Tags: Spacex, Congress, White House, China, Russia, US, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Mars, Iss, Boeing, Pacific Ocean, Scott Kelly, Trump, Kelly