According to their reports, just now on January 2 at 9.26pm EST, a probe sent to the Moon from China managed to do what allegedly no man or machine has ever done: successfully land on the far side of the Moon.
It’s not the dark side of the Moon, simply the southern hemisphere of the far side of the Moon, which according to the official narrative, is spectacular. The Chinese state media is reporting it as a historic landing and luge leap for the space program in China.
Titled the Chang’e-4 lander, it allegedly made a soft landing in a region known as the Von Kármán Crater. The lander was named after a Chinese Moon goddess known as Chang’e.
Already, they claim to have retrieved incredibly vivid images from the Moon.
— CGTN (@CGTNOfficial) January 3, 2019
One of the Chang'e 4 landing legs on the lunar surface. pic.twitter.com/8IIBQULoWO
— Asteroid Initiatives (@AsteroidEnergy) January 3, 2019
The event is being reported as a serious milestone for human exploration of space. In the next several months, it will use the instruments they equipped it with to analyze the undisturbed surface of this particular region of our Moon, which of course as they say, could help scientists learn more about the geology and structure, composition and everything else of the Moon.
They chose this particular crater because it is considered to be among the “largest impact craters in the Solar System and the largest, deepest and oldest basin on the Moon,” said a figure cited in a BBC article about this, professor of physics at UCL’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory Andrew Coates.
Something interesting about the far side of the Moon is, it never faces our planet. The Earth and Moon are almost a binary system, tidally locked together to where the Moon always faces Earth. They say all data must be bounced off a satellite before it returns to Earth because of this position.
Researchers say they plan to investigate mantle rock possibly unearthed on the Moon when the Von Kármán Crater was made, during the impact.
To make it more intense, the lander is equipped with the materials for biological experiments.
They’re going to try and grow potatoes, and Arabidopsis flowers.
Equipment to divert light that naturally strikes the Moon’s surface onto the little seedlings, completing photosynthesis, is present on the lander, and it is hoped that those plants will grow and successfully produce oxygen.
If the plants thrive and produce oxygen, that will benefit another component of their experiment: feeding silkworms that are also present on the lander, who will create a biological cycle and exhale carbon dioxide for the plants, also creating waste that feeds them.
One serious problem in the way of that plan succeeding is the constantly fluctuating, extreme climate of the Moon’s surface. When the Sun shines brightly on the surface of the Moon, they say temperatures can reach over 212°F (100°C), and when the temperatures are low, it can get below -148°F (-100°C), which makes temperature control on the satellite very difficult.
Life on the Moon for Chinese scientists doesn’t stop with silkworms and potatoes. “Our experiment might help accumulate knowledge for building a lunar base and long-term residence on the Moon,” said Liu Hanlong, vice president of Chongqing University and chief director of the experiment.
This type of this is innately interesting, but it’s very difficult to trust government-controlled scientists from a country that treats its people with no respect or consideration for freedom. Much love and respect to the people of China, the regular good people who have to deal with strict government controls, not that other countries are free of similar problems.