China plans to go to the dark side of the Moon in 2018

China has announced that they have decided to explore the dark side of the moon which has never been explored by humans by 2018.

The dark side of the moon is always faces away from Earth due to gravitational forces, with the ‘dark’ in the name historically imputing that we can’t see or understand it, rather than it actually being physically dark.

The Soviet Union’s Luna spacecraft took the first grainy photographs of the far side of the moon in 1959, but it has never been explored.

China achieved its first soft-landing on the moon with Chang’e-3 in December 2013, and it is still sending messages back to Earth.


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