After several years of preparation, China on Thursday recorded a historic feat with its spacecraft landing on the moon.
The unmanned Chang’e-4 probe which left Earth on December 8, touched down in the South Pole-Aitken basin, at 3:26 a.m. Central Africa Time, CCTV reported.
Of all the programs, thanks to everyone’s work and despite the high risks, most experts wanted Chang’e-4 to land on the hidden side of the moon.
Chief Engineer of the Chinese Lunar Exploration Program, Wu Weiren, said it is a step towards asserting China’s dominance in outer space as well as on earth.
Unlike the face of the Moon closest to the Earth, no probe had ever touched the ground on the other side.
The hidden side is said to be mountainous and rugged, dotted with craters, while the visible side offers many flat surfaces for landing.
Engineer Wu Weiren confirmed that the hidden face of the moon is mysterious and distant. But it was this mystery that encouraged China to set out for the discovery, he added.