The Countdown is on: China wants to land soon as the first Nation on the far side of the moon. Officially, the space Agency of the country has been announced but still no exact landing time for its lunar probe “Chang’e 4”.

The Chinese state broadcaster CGTN reported that the arrival at the surface on Thursday, may 3. January, is not expected. The landing maneuver, it would be a historic success for China’s space program.

decades after the United States and Russia had landed, “Chang’e 3” for the first time in 2013, a Chinese probe on the moon. The “Chang’e 4”-Mission, however, is a Premiere: never before a country has placed the device on the earth-facing side of the moon.

the Rover of China’s lunar probe Chang’e 4

“This has never been done. It will be of importance,” said Ouyang Ziyuan, chief scientist of the Chinese lunar programme, the German press Agency.

observers have warned of challenges for the Mission: Difficult about the landing, because the site was on the far side of the moon as flat as on the front. The communication is difficult, because there is no direct radio connection to the back of the moon be established.

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This is a Problem the Chinese have with a transmission satellite are trying to solve, specially for this purpose in the orbit of the moon. “The whole process is quite complicated and it will be a lot of risks,” said Yu Guobin, a spokesman for the space programme in the state television.

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named As a designated country of course the state media, the Aitken crater, which was named in 1970 after the American astronomer Robert Grant Aitken. After the arrival of a robotic vehicle to examine the ground and the structures around the landing point. It is equipped with a panoramic camera and measuring devices.

China is pursuing an ambitious space program, the country the United States wants to catch up. In the coming year, the Mission could bring the “Chang’e 5” of moon rock to earth. According to the Chinese plans to land up to 2030, for the first time a Chinese on the moon. In planning the construction of a Chinese space station and flights to Mars.

“Chang’e 4” was on 8. December, up from the ground and reached, according to state television on 12. December, the moon’s orbit.

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