Chang’e 4: Chinese robotic spacecraft mission
Chang’e 4 (嫦娥四号) is a robotic spacecraft mission, part of the second phase of the Chinese Lunar Exploration Program. China achieved humanity’s first soft landing on the far side of the Moon, on 3 January 2019.
A communication relay satellite, Queqiao, was first launched to a halo orbit near the Earth–Moon L2 point in May 2018. The robotic lander and Yutu-2 (玉兔二号) rover were launched on 7 December 2018 and entered lunar orbit on 12 December 2018, before landing on the Moon’s far side. The mission is the follow-up to Chang’e 3, the first Chinese landing on the Moon.