China will land a spacecraft away from the moon
Launched on December 8, Chang's 4 may approach the end of his journey to untouched lunar territory.
News: China Daily reports, the spacecraft entered an elliptical lunar orbit over the weekend, passing nearly 15 kilometers above the surface of the moon. On January 3 in Beijing, she reportedly will try to land in a large, deep basin on the far side of the moon, although no official announcement has been made.
Radio Science: Assuming it is touching safely, Chang's 4 will perform a series of radio astronomy experiments and will test whether plants can grow in Moon's gravity. The outer side of the moon has a great promise as a space for studying the cosmos using radio waves because it removes the large amount of interference that Earth and telescope suffer from.
Lunar trip to China: Since the Chinese Moon exploration program began in 2004, the Chinese Space Agency, CNSA, opened two Earth-free orbiting probes, Chang & # 39; e 1 and Chang & # 39; e 2, as well as Chang & # 39; e 3. Chang's 3 was the first spacecraft to land on the moon since 1976, but it did not go far – losing its skilful capabilities after about a month. The success of the Chang's mission will be an important milestone in China's attempt to take its place as the dominant cosmic force. On Chang's 5, scheduled for launch later this year, he will attempt to bring lunar samples back from his trip to the moon. But the successful landing is not nearly guaranteed. Brian Harvey, author of China in space, told Quartz has only about 50% chance craft survived landing.
Monthly Shots: The moon will become a much more complicated place. In the United States, India, Japan and Russia, all also have plans for landing the moons, and the first private downhill in the moon is expected in 2019, as Google lunar candidates of XPrize finally make their attempts to launch.