China Is About To Launch A Daring Mission To Land On The Moon. So Why Do You Know Nothing About It?

07-Dec-2018 Intellasia | Forbes | 6:00 AM Print This Post

What is China doing on New Year’s Eve?

Due to launch on December 8, 2018, from the Xichang Satellite Launch centre in southwest China, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) will soon after try to become the first space agency to land a robotic probe on the far side of the Moon. That’s expected to be attempted on December 31. Experts put the chances of its Chang’e-4 (CE-4) probe successfully landing at Von Karman crater at only 50-50, but one puzzling fact remains.

If NASA was doing this, the internet would be going crazy. So why isn’t it?

Why does the rest of the world ignore China’s space programme?

China’s space programme gets very little coverage, and when it does, it’s often about the need for the US to guard against ‘space lasers’ amid the presumed militarisation of space. Even if that is all true, it’s not a good reason for Chang’e-4 (named for the Chinese moon goddess) for receiving so little attention outside of China. “Whatever you think of the politics of China it’s still very important to follow its technical developments,” says Brian Harvey, a space analyst and author of China in Space: The Great Leap Forward. “Western reporting of the Chinese space programme is abysmal. Most people don’t even know that China has a space programme.”

When China starts landing on the Moon, and going to Mars, people are going to be amazed Brian Harvey, author of China in Space: The Great Leap Forward.


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