China Lands the First Spacecraft on the "Dark" Side of the Moon

China took the lead and became the first nation to successfully land a spacecraft on the far - "dark" side of the moon. This now supersedes NASA's Ranger 4 as the first human-made object to touch the dark side of the moon; the spacecraft crashed in 1964 due to a computer failure.

Space exploration officially commenced once Chang'e 4 was launched on December 7 last year. Chang'e 4, and its solar-powered rover Yutu-2, are named after the Chinese goddess of the moon and her jade rabbit....



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