Last January China landed the first ever robotics mission to the far side of the moon. China’s Chang’e-4 mission has done eight full days of science work in this new territory. Days and nights last roughly two weeks and the nights are deadly cold. Despite difficult conditions the rover finished up its seventh workday on July 9th. The two robots took a two-week nap which started July 26th and ended on August 7th. After the workday of August 7th eight workdays had gone by. By then the rover had travelled a total of 890 feet. The far side of the moon has major differences from the side that we typically see and this mission is hoping to uncover reasons behind those differences. Beautiful photos of this new world have emerged from this inspiring trip.
This mission has historical significance because it is the first time that China has done something not yet attempted by other space powers. China wishes to become a leading space power like the United States and Russia. Now China has a space exploration accomplishment that no other country can claim for themselves. China is also beginning to build a new space station in 2020 with the goal of it being operational in 2022.