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China data exchanged with NASA for the historic moon landing

connectVideoChina successfully spaceship lands on the far side of the moon, state media says

China successfully landed a spacecraft on the far side of the moon, to be the first country to ever be on the side of the moon that faces away from the Earth.

China data exchanged with NASA for its recent historic mission to land a probe on the far side of the Moon, officials said Monday.

The Chinese space agency, the deputy director, Wu Yanhua, said NASA shared information about the lunar orbiter satellite, in the hope of monitoring the landing of the chinese Chang’e 4 spacecraft.

China was the first country to successfully land a probe on the far side of the Moon with Chang’e 4 reached the lunar surface on Jan. 2.

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Chinese space officials, in their turn, shared the time and the coordinates of Chang’e 4 is the scheduled landing, Wu told reporters during a briefing on the moon mission. He added that, while NASA’s satellite did not catch the precise moment of landing, took photos of the area afterwards.

Wu Yanhua, the deputy director of the national space agency, speaks during a press conference in Beijing, China, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. Wu said Monday that the NASA shared information about the lunar orbiter satellite, in the hope of monitoring the landing of the Chang’e 4 spacecraft.(AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The exchange of data is the first cooperation, because a U.s. law prohibited joint space projects with China that no prior approval of the congress. The state-run China Daily said was the first form of cooperation since 2011, the US law was enacted.

Fox News has reached NASA with a request to comment on this story.

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The Moon’s far side is also known as the dark side, because it faces away from the Earth and remains relatively unknown, with a different composition of the sites on the near side, where the previous missions have landed.

Last week China released new photos showing the Jade Rabbit 2 rover and the Chang’e 4 spacecraft that transported to the Moon. Among the images is a stunning 360-degree panorama, stitched together of 80 photos made by a camera on the lander after the released of the rover on the lunar surface.

Researchers have already made a preliminary analysis of the lunar surface topography around the landing site on the basis of the image, according to a statement released by the chinese Lunar and Deep Space Exploration (CLEP).

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The space administration also released a 12-minute video of Chang’e 4’s landing to make use of more than 4,700 photos taken by a camera on board. The probe is shown to adjust the height, the speed and pitch as he tries to avoid obstacles on the ground.

The mission demonstrates China’s growing ambitions as a space power to rival Russia, the European Union and the US.

In 2013, China became only the third country, after the united states and the former Soviet Union, to successfully “soft land” on the Moon when the Chang’e 3 lander reached the surface of the moon.

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The USA is the only country to have been placed astronauts on the Moon, that was last done in December 1972 during the Apollo 17 mission. Only 12 men, all Americans, have set foot on the Moon.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing and moon missions continue to be a source of fascination for all segments of the population.

A checklist that traveled to the surface of the Moon, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin recently sold at auction in New York for $62,500. In the same auction, three small Moon rocks brought back from space by the unmanned Soviet Luna-16 mission were sold for $855,000.

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Dec. 21, 2018 also marked the 50th anniversary of the momentous Apollo 8 launch. During a series of historical lunar orbits, NASA astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders became the first humans to see the far side of the Moon.

Fox News ‘ Edmund Initiative, Chris Ciaccia, and the Associated Press contributed to this article. Follow James Rogers on Twitter @jamesjrogers

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