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While other spacecraft have previously explored the far side of the moon from afar, the soft-landing will allow for more detailed study of the lunar surface.

To land an improved (lighter) model "Chang'e-4" on the moon should at the beginning of 2019, reports TASS.

Futurism has previously reported on the Chang'e 4 lunar lander, which is scheduled to land near the Moon's southern pole in a giant plain called the Von Kármán crater.

Chang'e 4's rover has six wheels, two solar panels, a radar dish as well as multiple cameras, show pictures published by the China National Space Administration.

The country's first lunar probe, Chang'e-1, was launched in 2007, making China the fifth country to develop and launch a lunar probe on its own.

"Since the probe on the side of the moon will not be in sight of our planet, the data it will be send via satellite", Zhuazao" (Queqiao), which China launched in may this year.

If successful, the mission scheduled to blast off aboard a Long March 3B rocket will propel the Chinese space program to a leading position in one of the most important areas of lunar exploration.

The Chang'e 4 lunar probe launches from the the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018.

Earlier it was reported that Russian Federation intends to deploy a full-scale moon base between 2036 and 2040 to deliver large goods and saturate the lunar polygons a variety of scientific experiments.

Once on the moon's surface, the rover faces an array of extreme challenges.

China launched the probe, which for the first time in the history of mankind has to sit on the opposite side of the moon.

The lunar program ushered in a new era for China to explore the universe and peaceful utilization of space.

The 140 kg Chang'e-4 rover.

Previously, NASA released a recording of the noise of the wind on Mars. US President Donald Trump instructed his government past year to put a new space station into lunar orbit.


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