China Launches Pioneering Mission

Xichang Satellite Launch

Rising space power China has launched a ground-breaking

China Launches Pioneering Mission, from the the Xichang
Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province, Saturday, Dec.
8, 2018. If successful, the mission would propel the Chinese space program to a
leading position in one of the most important areas of lunar exploration.

China launched a ground-breaking mission Saturday to land a
spacecraft on the largely unexplored far side of the moon, demonstrating its
growing ambitions as a space power to rival Russia, the European Union and the

It will also perform radio-astronomical studies
that, because the far side always faces away from Earth, will be "free
from interference from our planet's ionosphere, human-made radio frequencies
and auroral radiation noise," space industry expert Leonard David wrote on
the website

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