China has become the first ever to successfully land a spacecraft on the far side of the moon. The China Central Television station announced that the lunar spaceship, Chang'e 4, touched down at 10:26am on Thursday. Professor Zhu Menghua, from Macau University of Science and Technology, said the of the was a major milestone for China and established the nation as a in space exploration. He told the New York Times: "We Chinese people have done that the Americans have not dared try." Sun Zezhou, designer of Chang'e-4, said: "Landing on the far of the moon is more than landing on the near side."
The Chang'e-4 started sending photographs back to Earth after it landed on the moon's . The China National Space Administration said the mission had, "lifted the veil" from the far side of the moon and "opened a new in human lunar exploration". Sun Zezhou told about the significance of the program. He said it would, "help lay the for future space exploration." He added: "A high- landing is a necessity for further exploring the moon and . We hope to be able to reach the whole moon and even the whole solar ." China also has plans to launch a returnable spacecraft (Chang'e 5) by 2020.