China Lands on the Far Side of the Moon and Films Never-Before-Seen Videos

This is absolutely amazing.

The Chinese space agency has made history and continues innovating regarding space exploration. Not only have they become the first country in the history of humankind to successfully land a spacecraft on the far side of the moon, but they have also managed to grow the first plants on the moon’s surface, taking a massive step towards colonizing Earth’s natural satellite.
China's Yutu-2 Rover has successfully rolled out onto the lunar surface. Image Credit: CNSA.
China’s Yutu-2 Rover has successfully rolled out onto the lunar surface. Image Credit: CNSA.

After the Chang’e 4 mission landed inside the Von Karman Crater, located in the Aitken basin,  the largest impact crater in our solar system, the lander released its lunar rover Yutu-2 onto the Moon’s surface. After ensuring that the lander, rover, and the satellite orbiting the moon, serving as an intermediary between the lander, rover, and scientists on Earth, is fine, Chinese scientists started recording the environment surrounding their robotic explorers.

The results? Stunning images and videos of a totally alien landscape, never before seen by human eyes. The region where the lander and the rover are located, the Aitken Basin, is eight miles deep and around 1,600 miles in diameter. Chinese scientists will look to perform mineral and radiation tests during the mission. Scientists will also have an unprecedented opportunity to examine minerals on the moon’s far side.

The Yutu-2 Rover exploring the far side of the moon. Image Credit: CNSA.
The Yutu-2 rover explores the far side of the moon. Image Credit: CNSA.

Researchers aim to use soil tests and temperature measurements to reveal new details about the moon and the cataclysmic collision that created Earth’s natural satellite. But Chinese experts will also try and solve the origin of water unexpectedly abundant in lunar soil.


And while the Chinese continue making history, helping us solve the countless mysteries surrounding Earth’s natural satellite, here we bring you some of the most amazing images and videos that have been recorded by the Chinese Space Agency as their lunar-exploring robots may their way to the moon’s surface.

Here’s how the Chang’e 4 Spacecraft made its way to the moon’s far side.

Here’s a stunning view of the moon’s surface. The Chang’e 4 lander took this image.


And here’s the Yutu-2 Rover rolling out onto the lunar surface.

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Written by Ivan Petricevic

I've been writing passionately about ancient civilizations, history, alien life, and various other subjects for more than eight years. You may have seen me appear on Discovery Channel's What On Earth series, History Channel's Ancient Aliens, and Gaia's Ancient Civilizations among others.

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