A Chinese spacecraft has become the first to land on the far side of the moon.
The lunar explorer Chang’e 4 touched down on Thursday morning Beijing time (just before 2.30am GMT), official China Central Television said.
The landing “lifted the mysterious veil” of the far side of the moon and “opened a new chapter in human lunar exploration”, the agency said in a statement on its website, which included a wide-angle colour picture of a crater from the moon’s surface.
Sun Zezhou, chief designer of the probe, added: “The whole process was as expected, the result was pretty precise and the landing was very stable.
“The current landing location is our most ideal landing place, in other word, we are right on target.”
#China's Chang'e-4 probe descended & softly touched down on a crater on the far side of the MOON. Von Karman Crater in the South Pole-Aitken Basin was chosen the landing site of #ChangE4 which is only 1/8 of that for Chang'e-3, surrounded by mountains as high as 10 km. #Space pic.twitter.com/drTPHF4p5h
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