A Chinese spacecraft has made the first-ever landing on the far side of the Moon.
The unmanned lunar explorer touched down on Thursday morning.
It is carrying instruments to examine the region’s geology, as well as other experiments.
Chinese state media called the landing ‘a major milestone in space exploration’.
While past missions have been to the Earth-facing side, this is the first time a craft has landed on the unexplored far side.
The probe has sent some first pictures from the surface. With no direct communications link possible, all pictures and data are first sent to a separate satellite and then relayed from there to earth.
The far side of the Moon faces away from Earth and is relatively unexplored.
It is also known as the dark side of the Moon.
China’s mission signals its growing ambition to become a space power.
#BREAKING: China’s Chang’e-4 probe successfully made the first-ever soft landing on the far side of the Moon on the South Pole-Aitken basin Thursday morning, a major milestone in space exploration. #ChangE4 pic.twitter.com/mt2YTWqlxs
— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) January 3, 2019