It's the beginning of a new year and China has just landed their own spacecraft on the dark side of the moon, which marks this as the first time that us, humans, are ever going to see what kind of dark secrets this mysterious side of the moon has been hiding. And according to the latest news, that side seems to look just like the side that we already see at night.
At the beginning of the year, the Chinese National Space Administration’s Chang’e-4 vehicle, finally touched down on the far side of the moon. However, instead of actually finding a bunch of record players that spin Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon backward, the Chinese probe sent back a photograph, that shows a desolate and a rocky surface, that only has a single crater, which is also said to be the oldest and the deepest crater on the moon.
The moon was first visited by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin back in 1969. Ever since then, the US, the former Soviet Union, and China have all landed their various spacecraft on the surface.
However, although the near side of the moon has been extensively explored, the far side hasn’t. This part is largely unknown to our scientists, and according to reports, the composition of that side is different from the near side. And this Chinese spacecraft is going to be studying the terrain on the far side of the moon. If the minerals that are going to be discovered on the far side of the moon are in any way useful, you can be sure that every nation with a space exploration program is going to be fighting over them.
As for the Chinese, and their interest in space exploration, they also have plans on creating a third space station, they plan on sending their own astronauts on the moon, and they are also planning on sending a probe to Mars. And in the United States, NASA has stated that it has its own plans to land another set of astronauts on the moon, but they are also planning on colonizing Mars in the coming decades.