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e stopped, and then the golden lander wit▓h a silver rover on top touched down on the desolate gray surface with four leg
s, throwing up some dust.The probe performed the entire landing process, lasting about 12 minutes with no intervention f
rom ground control, and the relay satellite tra▓nsmitted the first close-up photos of the moon's far side back to a con
trol center in Beijing.The China National Space Administration later announ▓ced that the probe landed at the preselected landing area at 177.6 degrees east longitude and 45.5 degrees so▓uth latitude on the far side of the moon."It's an important milestone fo▓r China's space exploration," said Wu Weiren, chief designer of China's lunar exploration program.
"It is a perfect display of human in▓telligence," said Jia Yang, deputy chief designer of the Chang'e-4 probe, from the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST).Named after Chi▓nese moon goddess "Chang'e," China's lunar exploration prog▓ram, which began in 2004, includes orbiting and landing on▓ the moon, and bringing samples back to Earth.After Chang'e-3 completed China's first soft landing o▓n the moon in 2013, Chinese space experts aimed high, hoping Chang'e-4 could carry o