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It is now expected that China’s lunar lander and rover spacecraft Chang’e-4 will be landing on the far side of the moon. The landing of spacecraft is said to be scheduled on Tuesday or Thursday. Currently, it was said that the spacecraft has entered into the orbit on Sunday morning. As per China’s space agency, it is said that the control centre that is located in Beijing will be now going for a perfect time to land the spacecraft.  

But as per Smithsonian Institution, American museums and research centres group said that the craft was said to be set down on Von Karman crater some time in between January 1st and 3rd 2019. Earlier, on 8th December 2018, China has launched the spacecraft on a Long March 3B Rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Centre that is located in Southern China. It entered to lunar orbit after four days.

It is said that when the spacecraft is landing on the far side of the moon, it will be a complicated procedure. This is because due to the far side, any direct communication between the rover and Earth will get blocked by another hemisphere. So, to sort out this issue, China has launched a relay satellite which is known as Queqiao which stations between Earth and moon. This satellite is currently operating at about 400,000 km from Earth.

As per China National Space Administration, it was said the ground control located in Beijing had adjusted the probe’s orbit twice till now. They have tested the communication link between the spacecraft and satellite. With the launch of Chang’e-4’s lander, it was said that the rover has marked with the completion of the second phase of the Chinese Lunar Exploration Programme (CLEP). It is like one of the 16 key technologies which are identified by the Chinese government.


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