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Post time 2019-1-13 11:06:51 |Display all floors
(Xinhua) As the Chang'e-4 probe made the first-ever soft landing on the far side of the moon, a senior Chinese space expert said China will deepen its lunar exploration and venture further into the unknown.

Photo taken by the rover Yutu-2 (Jade Rabbit-2) on Jan. 11, 2019 shows the lander of the Chang'e-4 probe. China announced Friday that the Chang'e-4 mission, which realized the first-ever soft-landing on the far side of the moon, was a complete success. With the assistance of the relay satellite Queqiao (Magpie Bridge), the rover Yutu-2 (Jade Rabbit-2) and the lander of the Chang'e-4 probe took photos of each other. [Photo: Xinhua/China National Space Administration]

China's current lunar program includes three phases: orbiting, landing, and returning. The first two phases have been accomplished, and the next step is to launch the Chang'e-5 probe to collect 2 kg of samples and bring them back to the earth, said Wu Weiren, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and chief designer of China's lunar exploration program.

There are still many mysteries about the earth's nearest heavenly neighbor and future missions will be more exciting. The program will also promote China as a major player in space exploration.

"We are discussing and drawing up the plan for the fourth phase of the lunar exploration program, including missions to the polar regions of the moon," Wu said.

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Post time 2019-1-13 11:07:33 |Display all floors

Photo taken by the rover Yutu-2 (Jade Rabbit-2) on Jan. 11, 2019 shows the lander of the Chang'e-4 probe. China announced Friday that the Chang'e-4 mission, which realized the first-ever soft-landing on the far side of the moon, was a complete success. With the assistance of the relay satellite Queqiao (Magpie Bridge), the rover Yutu-2 (Jade Rabbit-2) and the lander of the Chang'e-4 probe took photos of each other. [Photo: Xinhua/China National Space Administration]

Some places at the south pole of the moon receive sunlight for over 180 consecutive days, and some areas in craters there are never exposed to sunlight and might hold frozen water, scientists say.

"We hope to build a scientific research station in the south polar region of the moon. It would be operated automatically and visited by people for short periods," Wu envisioned.

China is also planning to launch a probe in 2020 that would orbit, land and rove on Mars the following year.

A heavy-lift carrier rocket, with a takeoff weight of about 4,000 tonnes and a diameter of 10 meters, is a goal for 2030. It would help realize the aim of bringing Mars samples back to the earth and sending Chinese astronauts to the moon.

China is becoming a major player in lunar exploration, and contributing to scientific discovery.

"Exploring the unknown is human nature. The moon is a mysterious world to us. We have a responsibility to explore and to understand it. Exploration of the moon will also deepen our understanding of earth and ourselves," Wu said.

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Post time 2019-1-13 20:35:23 |Display all floors
An ideal place for setting up a lunar Australia.

Believe it or not, it's true.

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Post time 2019-1-13 21:19:59 |Display all floors
ceciliazhang Post time: 2019-1-13 11:07
Photo taken by the rover Yutu-2 (Jade Rabbit-2) on Jan. 11, 2019 shows the lander of the Chang'e-4 p ...

GREAT ACHIEVEMENT!
Please continue with this extreme difficult research. Share with those with sincerity to apply the knowledge for human benefit!
ONWARDS!

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Post time 2019-1-14 16:06:09 |Display all floors
Congratulations to China for the technological feat. China has now proven that it has the technology and know-how.
I am hoping China can drill into the regolith, to a depth of about 2 meters and return to earth a core sample. Alternatively, China can set up a small lab on the moon to test the regolith for water and gas such as isotopes of Helium.
You might want to test the possibility of using the regolith to build shelters.
Let the dice fly high

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Post time 2019-1-15 05:40:28 |Display all floors
It will be good to see a non-western view of the moon.

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Post time 2019-1-17 08:52:59 |Display all floors
Mishao Post time: 2019-1-14 22:40
It will be good to see a non-western view of the moon.

Like driving the rover to the American landing sites
Round Up is good for developing the mind

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