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China’s lunar probe makes first-ever landing on far side of moon

A Chinese lunar rover successfully landed on the far side of the moon on Thursday, becoming the world’s first spacecraft to survey the moon’s uncharted mysterious side, a giant leap in cosmic exploration and a major boost to the Communist giant’s quest to become a space superpower.

The lunar explorer Chang’e-4 probe touched down on the far side of the moon and has already sent back its first pictures from the surface, which were shared by state media.

The probe, comprising a lander and a rover, landed at the preselected landing area at 177.6 degrees east longitude and 45.5 degrees south latitude on the far side of the moon at 10:26 am (local time), China National Space Administration (CNSA) announced.

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