China to launch two robots for moon exploration mission

16 August 2018, 07:32 AM
China to launch two robots for moon exploration mission (Photo: Twitter)
China to launch two robots for moon exploration mission (Photo: Twitter)

China’s space agency is on a new task, the ‘Chang’e-4 mission’ for exploring the farthest side of the moon. The mission aims to launch two robots in December 2018. The new mission is named after China’s mythical goddess - Chang’e-4 and is China’s fourth effort in the ongoing lunar exploration program. China aims at crewed lunar landing if the technological process of Chang’e-4 ends in a success. This will be world’s second lunar landing after NASA’s Apollo program in 1972. 

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Landing on the moon will also be seen as domination around moon’s space. China’s National Defence Science and Technology Bureau in Beijing on Wednesday said “Chang’e-4 will rocket toward the moon in December. It will be the first to realize a soft landing on the moon and inspection of the far side of the moon”. 

Chang’e-4 has been made from the backup hardware of Chang’e-3 which was the China’s similar mission that launched the Yutu or “Jade Rabbit” rover along with a stationary probe to the moons near side in 2013.  

According to Air and Space magazine, Chang’e-4 is being done so as study moon’s most ancient rocks - which could help scientists understand the moon’s extremely violent history. It will also help in searching for a site to build a first ever telescope to study the universe. 

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After mission Chang’e-4, China is planning to launch Chang’e-5 which would help in collecting about 4.4 lbs of dust and rocks from moon’s northwest part.  

First Published: Thursday, August 16, 2018 07:06 AM
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