Sunday, December 23, 2018

Chang'e 4 soft landing on Dark Side of Moon - China and Eclipse of US Technological Leadership

Chinese officials have not publicly announced when Chang’e-4 will attempt a landing, but most experts suspect it would occur no sooner than early January 2019, timed to coincide with the onset of the roughly 14-day period when the farside is bathed in plentiful sunlight for the spacecraft’s solar arrays. 

The spacecraft’s purported landing locale is Von Kármán, a lunar impact crater situated within an even larger impact crater called South Pole-Aitken basin on the

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