2019-01-11 by W.M.
Exploring the far side of the moon – Science Weekly podcast | Science
The Chang’e 4 robotic probe’s successful mission is the latest in a well-coordinated series from the Chinese space programme. And the Chinese are not alone. The US, Russia and Europe are also looking at getting back to the moon, hoping to explore any untapped resources that could, one day, be useful to lunar settlers.
Despite what the Pink Floyd album implies, the far side of the moon is actually no darker than the near side, but we’re learning more that its surface is vastly different in other ways.
So what can the far side tell us that the near side hasn’t already? How might this mission fit into the general renaissance in lunar exploration that we’re currently witnessing?
Hannah Devlin spoke to scientist Martin Wieser from the Swedish Institute of Space Physics about the Chang’e 4 mission and to James Carpenter of the European Space Agency, who tells us why space agencies around the globe are so intent on putting humans back on the moon.
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