China lands Chang'e 4 on the far side of the moon

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  1. Agg

    Agg Lord of the Pings

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    China successfully landed Chang'e 4 on the far side of the moon, the first successful soft landing there. Information cannot be sent directly from the lunar far side to Earth — the moon's bulk gets in the way. Instead, signals are sent from the lunar surface up to a relay satellite called Queqiao, which launched in May 2018 and is hovering in an orbital "parking spot" from which it can communicate with Earth. There's a big panoramic photo here and you can watch a video from the lander, as it landed, here.
     
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    Nice work China. Now let's wait for the conspiracy theorists to debunk this landing.
     
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  3. Zee

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    Before or after China claim the Moon as their own?

    Seriously though, good to see someone else doing interesting things in space.

    Z...
     
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    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    Great, we can start littering up the moon with space junk now too.
     
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    Any alien installations on the dark side of the moon? Or is there a conspiracy to cover it up.

    wow the moon spins...i did not know that until now.

    so much for my dark side thang.
     
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  6. Sphinx2000

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    There is no dark side of the moon, yes it's tidally locked so we always see the one side - but if the far side is facing the sun it will be lit up.
    That being said, that's where I would hide if I was observing the Earth in secret. ;)
     
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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tidal_locking
    oh...well yeh that's what i thought previously then...about it presenting the same face to the earth....but the lunar day /night cycle. never gave it any thought.
     
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    We already have. The Apollo missions left quite a lot of stuff on the moon. The base of the lander, the moon rover, cameras, waste bags, experiment equipment and almost anything else that was not essential to lifting off the moon.
     

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