BY VICTOR TANGERMANN, FUTURISM
JANUARY 07, 2019
Earlier this week, Chinese lunar probe Chang’e-4 made history by becoming the first spacecraft to ever land on the far side of the Moon – the less-studied, mountainous half that faces away from the Earth.
Yesterday, we were blessed with a number of new high-resolution images, courtesy of China’s National Space Administration, showing the more mysterious side of the Moon in all its glory.
The pictures had to make their way through a special relay satellite called Queqiao since radio communication with the far side of the Moon is far more difficult.
Chang’e-4 launched on December 7 to explore the differences between the far, and near side of the Moon in terms of their mineral composition, and structure. It’s also carrying a tiny biosphere containing a number of Earth-based species including potato plants and fruit flies.