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China probe makes historic soft landing on far side of Moon

The declared aim of the mission is to take detailed measurements of the Moon’s terrain and mineral composition of the Aitken, which is likely the result of a gigantic collision of a meteorite with the lunar surface very early in the Moon’s history.

The lander will also carry out some biological experiments to determine whether plant seeds will germinate in the lunar soil and silkworm eggs will hatch in the Moon’s low gravity, which is much less than that of the Earth.

Since the Moon itself bars direct communications from its far side, the CNSA launched a satellite to act as a relay, enabling the rover to bounce signals off it first before they continue back to earthbound scientists in China.

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