Fresh images of the moon’s far side have been taken for the first time from the surface itself. After China’s Chang’e-4 lander and the rover Yutu-2, or Jade Rabbit-2, took pictures of one another on Friday, signaling the complete success of China’s latest lunar mission, the first ever landing on that side of the moon. China is cooperating with a number of international partners for the mission, three of which are from Europe. China and the U.S. also shared data for this lunar mission despite a 2011 U.S. law banning space exchanges with China. But the adventure has also raised debates as to whether China’s moon landing has set the stage for another space race with the U.S. So, how tremendous is this mission and are we likely to see more of a space race or cooperation in the near future? Discussion guests include Prof. Robert F. Wimmer-Schweingruber from the University of Kiel in Germany, President of the British Interplanetary Society Mark Hempsell; and Zhang Fan, Associate Professor Of Astronomy at Beijing Normal University.
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