Nevertheless, it is encouraging that plans to explore our closest neighbour continue, with the announcement by China’s space agency of the upcoming Chang’e 4 mission to the far side of the Moon. It will be unmanned and equipped with a robotic rover, and they’ll place a frequency spectrograph there to study Lunar geology and low-frequency radio waves, for which the far side of the Moon’s clean electromagnetic environment provides an ideal field. Of course there has been much speculation about secret bases already existing on the Moon’s far side, but we doubt that there will be any information coming back from the Chinese about that.
While on the subject of the Moon, we pay tribute to Edgar Mitchell, who has just passed away on the eve of the 45th anniversary of his Lunar landing, which took place on February 5, 1971. He underwent an epiphany while in space and later devoted himself to the study of unexplained phenomena, convinced of the existence of ETs.
Picture Top Left: Yutu-rover-on-the-surface-of-the-Moon-Change-3-Chinese-Federal-Space-Agency-image-posted-on-SpaceFlight-Insider.jpg[www.spaceflightinsider.com/missions/solar-system/chinese-change-4-to-be-the-first-probe-to-land-on-the-moons-far-side/#7yZOmT2ukb7j2AsL.99]
Picture Top Right: Edgar Mitchell, ScD, PhD. 1930-2016 [http://www.noetic.org/directory/person/edgar-mitchell]