03 January 2019
China's Chang'e 4 probe touched down on the far side of the Moon on 3 January, becoming the first spacecraft soft-landing on the Moon's uncharted side that is never visible from Earth. The probe comprised of a lander and a rover, touched down at the pre-selected landing area at 177.6 degrees east longitude and 45.5 degrees south latitude on the far side of the Moon at 10:26 a.m. (Beijing Time), the China National Space Administration (CNSA) announced. With the communication assistance of the relay satellite Queqiao, meaning Magpie Bridge, the probe sent back the first-ever close-up photograph of the moon's far side, opening a new chapter in lunar exploration.

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2019 Is Already A Busy Space Year - NASA Watch editor Keith Cowing talks about Chang'e 4 on CGTN 3 hours before the landing of Chang'e 4 was confirmed.

NASA congratulates - Twitter post by NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine:
Congratulations to China’s Chang’e-4 team for what appears to be a successful landing on the far side of the Moon. This is a first for humanity and an impressive accomplishment!