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China’s lunar rover is helping to unravel a Moon mystery

May 16th, 2019

The Chinese space program started 2019 with a major milestone when the Chang’e 4 lunar lander successfully touched down on the far side of the Moon. It was the first time any country had completed such a feat, the landing itself was just the first of many objectives China had for the mission. In the …

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China says it’s even colder on the Moon than we thought

January 31st, 2019

China’s Chang’e 4 mission has been a rousing success for the country’s space agency, and it’s already celebrated a number of “firsts,” including being the first lander to perform a soft landing on the far side of the Moon. The far side of the Moon — that is, the side that we never see here …

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China successfully grew plants on the Moon, but they promptly died

January 23rd, 2019

It didn’t last long, but thanks to China’s Chang’e 4 lander there was a very brief period about a week ago when mankind knew that life existed somewhere other than Earth. China’s mission to the Moon brought with it a tiny enclosed ecosystem that included tiny seeds in soil, and the country’s space agency eagerly …

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Now, it’s China’s turn to explore the Moon

January 7th, 2019

NASA may have landed on the Moon decades ago, but that doesn’t mean we know all that much about our nearest celestial neighbor. We’re regularly learning new things as we stare at the lunar surface from Earth, and NASA and other space groups have sent various probes and orbiters to study it in greater detail …

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China will start off 2019 by landing on the Moon

December 31st, 2018

Many of us like to start off a new year by doing something special. Oftentimes it’s setting a lofty goal we’d like to achieve over the following 12 months, but China’s space agency won’t need to wait nearly that long to place a large feather in its 2019 cap. The Chang’e 4 spacecraft is slated …