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 almost that long to place a large feather in its 2019 cap. Chang'e 4 launched on December 10. But the China National Space Administration has not yet disclosed when the landing will occur. Currently, it was said that the spacecraft has entered into the orbit on Sunday morning.
Chang'e 4's lunar rover has been improved, engineers said, meaning it could work "for at least a few years on the moon".
In response, China has launched a relay satellite dubbed Magpie Bridge, operating around 250,000 miles from earth, which will pass signals to Chang'e 4. The far side of the moon isn't dark, we don't see it from Earth and as such the far side is much less known and studied than the side of the moon we see.
China's space agency said its control centre in Beijing would choose a suitable time to try the landing, but the Smithsonian Institution, the American museums and research centres group, reported that the craft was expected to set down on the Von Kármán crater landing point between January 1 and 3.
What will the probe study?After the arrival of a Packed robot vehicle is to be measured, among other things, the lunar terrain, the mineral structure of the earth's natural satellite to determine, as well as the neutron radiation to investigate.
30 December, the Chinese spacecraft "Chang'e-4" went into orbit, which will be landing on the back side of the moon.
Viewed by the worldwide science community as a key mission in Beijing's burgeoning space program, Chang'e 4 will make astronomical observations, survey lunar terrain and study the composition of minerals.
China has been vocal about its hopes to become a major space power by the year 2030.
The Asian nation already leads many western superpowers in economy and manufacturing sectors, and has been planning rapid expansion in science, technology and defence.
However, after several delays, the probe was launched on December 8 this year, and was carried into space by a Long March-3B rocket. This has sparked caution especially from rival United States which has already accused China's recent endeavours of threatening peace and security in the region and ultimately aimed at inhibited space-based assets of other countries.