CLEP also revealed that the rover would be named Yutu 2 (Jade Rabbit 2), following on from the rover for the Chang'e-3 mission which landed on Mare Imbrium on the near side of the Moon in December 2013.
While China is the first to land a spacecraft on the far side, there have been plenty of detailed photographs taken by orbiting spacecraft. That side has been observed many times from lunar orbit, but never up close.
Finally, at noon, the nation's state-owned television network CCTV announced in a 40-second segment at the top of the news that the Chang'e-4 had made its historic touchdown. Humans have managed to take pictures of this region, but no human-made probe has ever explored this dark, cold part of the lunar surface. According to Andrew Jones, a journalist reporting on the Chinese space program, Chang'e 4's descent required "laser ranging and optical cameras for navigation, velocity, and coarse hazard avoidance".
Nearly twelve hours later the China Lunar Exploration Project (CLEP) announced that the rover had descended from atop the lander at 14:22 UTC. By that time, speculation already had begun spreading on social media in China and overseas.
China launched a communications relay satellite in May that would allow a rover to send images from the far side of the Moon.
He added that China has Mars, Jupiter and asteroids in its sights: "There's no doubt that our nation will go farther and farther".
He recalled mentioning the idea of such a technique for an unfunded NASA lunar mission about eight years ago, only to be told it wasn't doable at the time. When there's a full moon in our sky, the far side is dark. In 2013, Chang'e 3, the predecessor craft to the current mission, made the first moon landing since the then-Soviet Union's Luna 24 in 1976. The United States is the only country that has successfully sent a person to the moon, though China is considering a crewed mission too.
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The Chang 'e-4 probe transmits the world's first close-up image of the far side of the moon on Thursday.
The far side of the moon faces away from Earth and is relatively unexplored.
Chang'e 4, a combined lander and rover, will make astronomical observations and probe the composition of the soil.
The spacecraft landed in the South Pole-Aitken basin, the oldest known impact zone.
The moon orbits the Earth once every 27.322 days.
Chang'e 4 could also contribute to radio astronomy. Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, and Saudi Arabia contributed payloads that will measure radiation and use low-frequency radio astronomy to listen for faint signals lingering in the cosmos since the formation of the universe's first stars, among other things.
In an article for the US-based Planetary Society in September, Dr Long Xiao from the China University of Geosciences (Wuhan), said: "The challenge faced by a far side mission is communications".