China lands the first probe on the dark side of the moon.

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  1. MacNut macrumors Core

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    The trifecta of major space news this week. China lands the first ever object on the dark side of the moon.

    https://www.cnet.com/news/chinas-ch...acecraft-to-land-on-the-far-side-of-the-moon/
     
  2. shyam09 macrumors 68020

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    Interesting. I look forward to hearing more about the Chang'e 4.
     
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  4. BornAgainMac macrumors 603

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    It is technically called "far side" and not "dark side"
     
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    I'll see you on the far side of the moon. ehh.
     
  6. Eric5h5 macrumors 68020

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    Technically, "dark side of the moon" means "far side of the moon". "Dark" here means "unseen by us", not literally lacking light.

    --Eric
     
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    I'm going to go out on a limb and say it's just like the light side, only dark but I'll wait for the empirical evidence just to be safe.
     
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  9. neutrino23 macrumors 68000

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    Actually not. The far side of the moon looks quite different. Lots of research into why this is so. One idea is that by always facing away from earth the far side is like the outside of a shield that receives some of the meteor strikes that might have hit earth.
     

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