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China’s Chang’e-6 Mission Successfully Lands on Moon’s Far Side

China has announced that its Chang’e-6 mission has achieved a successful landing on the far side of the Moon, marking a significant milestone in space exploration. The uncrewed craft touched down in the South Pole-Aitken Basin early on Sunday morning local time.

Launched on May 3, the mission aims to collect valuable rock and soil samples from this unexplored region, providing researchers with unprecedented insights into the Moon’s composition. This historic landing was a challenging feat due to the difficulties in communicating with spacecraft on the far side of the Moon.

Equipped with an autonomous visual obstacle avoidance system, the Chang’e 6 spacecraft navigated its descent and selected a safe landing area based on the lunar surface’s brightness and darkness. The landing was supported by the Queqiao-2 relay satellite, ensuring a smooth touchdown.

The successful landing has been described as an “historic moment” by Chinese state media, with celebrations at the Beijing Aerospace Flight Control Center. The lander is expected to spend up to three days collecting materials using innovative engineering techniques.

Experts anticipate that the samples gathered from the Moon’s far side could provide crucial insights into planetary formation, the origin of water in the solar system, and the composition of the Moon’s mantle. The South Pole‚ÄďAitken basin is known for its large impact crater and could hold valuable clues about the Moon’s geological history.

China’s ambitious lunar exploration program includes plans for additional missions to the Moon, aiming to establish a permanent human presence on the lunar surface. With the successful completion of the Chang’e-6 mission, China has taken a significant step towards achieving its goal of lunar exploration and scientific research.

This latest achievement underscores China’s growing presence in space exploration and sets the stage for future advancements in lunar research. As countries around the world continue to invest in space exploration, the Moon remains a key target for scientific discovery and potential human exploration.