Sunday, June 16, 2024
HomeWorldChina launches lunar probe to explore 'hidden side' of Moon as space...

China launches lunar probe to explore ‘hidden side’ of Moon as space race with US heats up

Beijing: China has launched a lunar probe on Friday to collect samples from the far side of the Moon to provide better insights into geological and other differences between that region and the better-known near side, as Beijing’s space race with the United States heats up. The Chang’e-6 probe is China’s most complex robotic lunar mission to date and is a key milestone in Beijing’s push to become a dominant space power.

The 53-day mission is unprecedented and would be the latest advance in the increasingly sophisticated and ambitious space exploration programme by China, which already landed a rover on the Moon’s far side, becoming the first country to do so. The Moon’s mysterious far side is ideal for radio astronomy and other scientific work, but requires a relay satellite to maintain communications.

- Advertisment -
Google search engine

Most Popular