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Chang'e 4

Chang'e 4
Mission type Lander, Lunar rover
Operator CNSA
Mission duration 12 months
Start of mission
Launch date "Before 2020"
Lunar rover
Landing date "Before 2020"

Chinese Lunar Exploration Program
← Chang'e 3 Chang'e 5

Chang'e 4 (Chinese: 嫦娥四号; pinyin: Cháng'é sìhào) will be a Chinese lunar exploration mission, incorporating a robotic lander and rover. Chang'e 4 will be China's second lunar lander and rover, and built as a backup to Chang'e 3, as Chang'e 2 was to Chang'e 1. Following the successful landing of the Chang'e 3 mission, the configuration of Chang'e 4 will be adjusted to test equipment in advance of Chang'e 5.[1] Like its predecessors, the spacecraft is named after the Chinese moon goddess Chang'e.

The mission was scheduled for launch in 2015 as part of the second phase of the Chinese Lunar Exploration Program but the adjusted design of the mission now means it will be before 2020.[2][3] The adjusted aims will now include piloting a program that uses private investment from individuals and enterprises for the first time, a move aimed at accelerating aerospace innovation, cutting production costs and promoting military-civilian relationships.[4]

An engineer from Chinese Academy of Sciences said the mission's objective would be to study geological conditions on the far side of the Moon.[5] The potential landing spots include the Aitken Basin.[6]

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