China launches probe to explore dark side of the moon

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Beijing's mission to the unexplored dark side of the moon got underway over the weekend.

China launched its Chang'e-4 lunar probe, which carries a lander and a rover, on Saturday. It is expected to be the first probe to ever make a landing on the far side of the moon. Beijing has not yet announced the official landing date of the probe. However, it is expected to land in early January 2019.

The lander would include a landing camera, terrain camera, and a low-frequency spectrometer, while the rover would include a panoramic camera and a visible and a near-Infrared imaging spectrometer, according to Space.com The probe would be able to send data back via the Chinese relay satellite "Queqiao," Xinhua reports

Potato, arabidopsis seeds and silkworm eggs will also be taken to the moon, according to Global Times. This will reportedly be to test if they are able to be grown in a low-gravity lunar environment.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Chang'e-4 lunar probe
2. The equipment included on the lander
3. The equipment included on the rover
4. The lunar probe transmitting information via a relay satellite

VOICEOVER (in English):
"China launched its Chang'e-4 lunar probe, which carries a lander and a rover, on Saturday."

"It is expected to be the first probe to ever make a landing on the far side of the moon."

"According to Space.com, the lander would include a landing camera, terrain camera, and a low-frequency spectrometer..."

"...while the rover would include a panoramic camera and a visible and a near-Infrared imaging spectrometer."

"Xinhua reports the probe would be able to send data back via the Chinese relay satellite 'Queqiao'."

SOURCES: Space.com, The New York Times, The South China Morning Post, Global Times, Xinhua,
https://www.space.com/42665-china-launches-moon-far-side-lander-rover.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/07/science/china-moon-change-4.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/2176935/change-4-launch-chinas-bid-be-first-dark-side-moon
https://gbtimes.com/heres-what-you-need-to-know-about-the-change-4-mission-to-the-far-side-of-the-moon
http://www.xinhuanet.com/tech/2018-12/08/c_1123823910.htm
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-12/08/c_137659328.htm