31 December 2018
If it’s successful, it’ll be a significant achievement for China’s space program, given the technical complexity involved, from the landing itself, to the maintaining communication with the spacecraft. “This [would be] the first time that the Chinese space program has done something that no other country has done before,” said  Brian Harvey, author of China In Space, a 2013 history of China’s space program.”Up to now, China has largely matched US and USSR achievements - not for the sake of doing so - but because they are necessary steps in building a space program. This is quite new.”
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