China makes history by landing on the far side of the Moon

Enlarge / China released this image of the lunar surface taken by the Chang’e-4 spacecraft. (credit: Xinhua) Declaring that it has opened a new chapter in lunar exploration, the China National Space Administration announced late Monday night that its Chang’e-4 lander had safely set down on the far side of the Moon. No spacecraft has […]

China probe ‘lands on dark side of the MOON’ in space exploration BREAKTHROUGH

The Chinese robotic probe Chang’e 4 has landed on the dark side of the moon, becoming the first manmade craft to alight on the unexplored surface, according to reports from Chinese state media. The probe reportedly landed in the South Pole-Aitken basin, the oldest, largest, and deepest crater on the moon’s surface. The moon’s dark […]

China’s Chang’e-4 touches down on the far side of the moon (update: first pics)

Chinese media announced that the nation’s Chang’e-4 lunar lander has successfully reached the far side of the moon, making it the first spacecraft to do so. This is China’s recent lunar mission, following Jade Rabbit in 2013, but by touching the side of the moon that’s always facing away from the Earth, it has notched […]

Chinese probe in lunar orbit and set to make historic 1st landing on the 'dark side' of the moon

China is set to become the first nation to explore the far side of the moon, after Chang’e-4 lunar probe entered a planned orbit, ahead of its much-anticipated landing on the unexplored part of Earth’s satellite. “The probe has entered an elliptical lunar orbit, with the perilune [closest point] at about 15 km and the […]

EastEnders spoilers: Kat Slater ATTACKS Hayley after Alfie Moon fall – she's NOT happy

In tonight’s dramatic EastEnders Boxing Day episode, Kat (played by Jessie Wallace) will attack Hayley (Katie Jarvis). Last night’s festive instalment saw Kat learn her estranged husband Alfie (Shane Richie) was Cherry’s father. After Stacey (Lacey Turner) caught Alfie and Hayley kissing, their secret was out. Hayley became overwhelmed as Kat and Alfie argued with […]

50 years have passed since NASA’s Apollo 8 mission circled the moon for the first time — here is every Apollo mission explained

NASA NASA’s Apollo missions in the late 1960s and early 1970s succeeded in putting the first humans on the moon. Apollo 8, the first mission to orbit the moon, launched almost exactly 50 years ago — on December 21, 1968. Humans have not stepped foot on the moon in more than 45 years. But NASA […]

Rocket Report: Firefly to the Moon, SpaceX makes a splash, H3 nets a customer

Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson/United Launch Alliance) Welcome to Edition 1.28 of the Rocket Report! Lots of news this week, and much of it good, with Stratolaunch reaching an important test, Firefly winning a sweet contract from NASA, and the H3 getting its first commercial flight. All in all, a nice week in launch. As always, […]

Meet you on the dark side of the moon: China launches historic lunar exploration mission (VIDEO)

China has launched a lunar rover on a historic mission to explore the dark side of the moon, with the potential to make revolutionary discoveries about the possibility of extraplanetary life. Friday’s successful launch sent China’s Chang’e-4 into orbit, scheduled to make an unprecedented touch down on the dark side of the moon in January […]