China mission primed for landing on Moon's far side
January 3, 2019 3:34 pm
An employee inspects a 1:8 scale model of the Chang'e-4 lunar probe [Source: BBC]
China is preparing to make the first attempt at landing robotic spacecraft on the Moon’s far side.
A static lander and rover are expected to be deployed to the surface.
The vehicles are carrying a suite of instruments designed to characterize the region’s geology, as well as a biological experiment.
In recent days, the Chang’e-4 spacecraft had lowered its orbit in preparation for landing.