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    Chang’e 6: China’s Historic Leap onto the Moon’s Mysterious Far Side

      TL;DR: China’s Chang’e 6 lunar probe has made history by landing on the Moon’s far side, within the South Pole-Aitken Basin. This mission is set to provide new insights into the Moon’s history and the solar system’s formation. The probe is preparing to return to Earth with rock and soil samples, anticipated to land in Inner Mongolia by late June 2024.

    A Historic Lunar Mission

    In a feat of space exploration, China's Chang'e 6 lunar probe has successfully landed on the far side of the Moon, a region never before sampled by spacecraft. This mission marks a significant milestone in lunar research, promising to unlock the mysteries of the Moon's lesser-known half.

    The Far Side Revealed

    The Chang'e 6 mission, named after the Chinese moon goddess, aims to collect and return lunar samples to Earth for comprehensive analysis. The probe's landing site is within the South Pole-Aitken Basin, the largest and oldest impact crater on the Moon's surface. Scientists believe that the materials in this basin could provide invaluable insights into the Moon's history and the solar system's early days.

    Journey Back to Earth

    After the successful collection of rock and soil samples, the Chang'e 6 ascender module is now preparing for its journey back to Earth. The samples are expected to land in China's Inner Mongolia region by late June 2024. The scientific community eagerly anticipates the arrival of these samples, which could shed light on the composition of the lunar far side and offer a new understanding of our celestial neighbor.

    This mission not only represents a leap forward in lunar science but also demonstrates China's growing capabilities in space exploration. With plans for more lunar missions and the goal of sending astronauts to the Moon, China is rapidly becoming a formidable force in the new space race.

    Image Credit: China National Space Administration (CNSA)

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