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China Begins First Surface Exploration of Moon's Far Side

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7Dnews London

Sat, 05 Jan 2019 07:13 GMT

A Chinese space rover began exploring the lunar terrain on Friday 4th Jan in the world's first mission on the surface of the far side of the moon. Space rover, Jade Rabbit 2, drove off a ramp at night on January 3rd and onto the soft, powdery surface after a Chinese spacecraft made the first-ever soft landing on the moon's far side.

A photo posted online by China's space agency showed tracks left by the rover as it headed away from the spacecraft.

"It's a small step for the rover but one giant leap for the Chinese nation," Wu Weiren, the chief designer of the Lunar Exploration Project, told state broadcaster CCTV, in a twist on US astronaut Neil Armstrong's famous comment when he became the first human to walk on the moon in 1969. "This giant leap is a decisive move for our exploration of space and the conquering of the universe."