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Beijing advances space ambitions with far-side moon landing

'Made in China 2025' receives another boost following homegrown GPS

An image of China's Chang'e 4 craft is shown on the screen of the control center in Beijing. (Xinhua/Kyodo)

BEIJING -- China became the first country to make a soft landing on the far side of the moon Thursday, bolstering its signature "Made in China 2025" initiative and taking a major step toward becoming the world's third space power along with the U.S. and Russia by 2030.

The Chang'e 4 craft, launched Dec. 8 from Sichuan Province, also succeeded in sending back images of the moon's far side after touching down, state-run Chinese Central Television reported. The unmanned lunar probe will now survey the unexplored region's geology.

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