China's Chang'e-4 lunar rover lands on moon's far side
The US space agency NASA congratulated Chinese scientists on their success. "This is a first for humanity and an impressive accomplishment!" NASA administrator Jim Brindestine tweeted on Thursday
China's Chang'e-4 lunar rover scripted history on Thursday when it made the first-ever soft landing on the far side of the moon and sent back close-up images of the previously unexplored region, a giant leap for cosmic exploration and a major boost to the Communist nation's quest to become a space superpower.
Chang'e-4, named after a Chinese moon goddess and comprising a lander and a rover, touched down at the preselected landing area at 177.6 degrees east longitude and 45.5 degrees south latitude on the far side of the moon, China National Space Administration (CNSA) said.
The lunar explorer landed on the far side of the moon and has already sent back its first pictures from the surface. The pioneering achievement is another demonstration of China's ambitions to be a space power. The country aims to land a crewed flight on the moon in the coming decade.
The US space agency NASA congratulated Chinese scientists on their success. "This is a first for humanity and an impressive accomplishment!" NASA administrator Jim Brindestine tweeted on Thursday.
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