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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.