Business Standard

China's lunar probe set to land on dark side of Moon, says report

The Chang'e-4 probe has entered an elliptical lunar orbit, with the perilune at about 15 km and the apolune at about 100 km, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) said

Moon Rise
Premium

Moon rise | Photo: Twitter (@NASA)

Press Trust of India Beijing
A Chinese space probe entered a planned orbit on Sunday to prepare for the first-ever soft landing on the dark side of the Moon, authorities said.
 
This is the first time an attempt is made to explore the far side of the Moon. Since the moon's revolution cycle is the same as its rotation cycle, the same side always faces Earth.
 
The other face, most of which cannot be seen from Earth, is called the far side or “dark side” of the Moon, not because it is dark, but because most of it is uncharted.
 
The Chang'e-4

Don't miss the most important news and views of the day. Get them on our Telegram channel

First Published: Dec 31 2018 | 12:26 AM IST

Explore News

To read the full story, subscribe to BS Premium now, at just Rs 249/ month.

Key stories on business-standard.com are available only to BS Premium subscribers.

Register to read more on Business-Standard.com