China lunar probe sheds light on the ‘dark’ side of the moon

The first image of the moon’s far side taken by China’s Chang’e-4 probe on Thursday. (China National Space Administration/Xinhua News Agency via AP)

The Chang’e 4 lunar probe launches from the the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwestern China’s Sichuan province on Dec. 8, 2018. (Jiang Hongjing/Xinhua via AP, File)

BEIJING — China’s burgeoning space program achieved a lunar milestone on Thursday: landing a probe on the mysterious and misnamed “dark” side of the moon.