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China Lands On The Far Side Of The Moon To Retrieve Soil & Rock Samples

On Sunday, an uncrewed Chinese spacecraft landed on the moon's far side, specifically, in a gigantic impact crater named South-Pole Aitken Basin. The time of the landing was recorded as 6.23 am Beijing time.

Although the near side of the moon has been explored previously, the far side remains a mystery. The “far side” is a term used to specify the dark parts of the moon perpetually facing space and crowded with craters. The purpose of the moon mission was to retrieve valuable soil and rock samples from the unexploited part of the moon.

This is the latest in a series of moon missions from China, known as the Chang’e series. The Chang’e 5 mission, which also involved the far side of the moon, was launched in 2020. This ongoing series of missions is a testament to China's commitment to space exploration and its growing capabilities in the field.

The mission involves many engineering innovations, high risks, and great difficulties. The payloads carried by the Chang’e 6 lander will work as planned and carry out scientific exploration missions,” said the Chinese National Space Administration in a statement.

The US also has been trying for quite some time to collect samples from the darker side of the moon to extract lunar minerals in order to sustain future lunar missions. The US was the first country to land on the moon in 1969 and remains the only country to send humans to the moon.

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