The far side of the Moon. Credit: NASA

Plans are in the works to put a probe on the far side of the moon as part of China’s Chang’e 4 mission.

According to a article, scientists from China’s Key Laboratory of Lunar and Deep Space Exploration in Beijing discussed the Chang’e 4 moon mission objectives during a symposium in the Netherlands last month. Part of their plans include putting a lander on the far side of the moon.

Some of their goals also include studying the characteristics and the formation mechanism of lunar surface floating dust, measure the moon’s surface temperature, chemical composition, and more. There was also discussion around the lander serving as a lunar far side radio astronomical station.

The plan says Chang’e 4 would head towards the moon in 2018.

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