China launches Chang'e-4 lunar probe from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province. The probe is expected to make the first-ever soft landing on the far side of the moon. Photo: Xinhua

Chang’e 4 launches China’s bid to be first on dark side of the moon

  • Lunar lander and rover spacecraft blasts off on Saturday in challenging mission to explore moon’s lesser-known far side
  • Success would significantly boost the standing of the Chinese space programme
Topic |   China science

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China launches Chang'e-4 lunar probe from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province. The probe is expected to make the first-ever soft landing on the far side of the moon. Photo: Xinhua
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