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The Chinese lunar lander Chang'e 4 is headed to Aitken Basin, a large impact crater near the moon's south pole, pictured here in blue. The distance from the depths of Aitken Basin to the tops of the highest surrounding peaks is nearly twice the height of Mount Everest, according to NASA. NASA/Goddard hide caption

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China's Lunar Lander To Explore Moon's Far Side

Early in 2019, China hopes to land a rover — the first soft landing on the moon's far side. The mission is exploratory, and will lay groundwork for a trip by Chinese astronauts to the lunar surface.

The Chinese lunar lander Chang'e 4 is headed to Aitken Basin, a large impact crater near the moon's south pole, pictured here in blue. The distance from the depths of Aitken Basin to the tops of the highest surrounding peaks is nearly twice the height of Mount Everest, according to NASA. NASA/Goddard hide caption

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China's Lunar Lander To Explore Moon's Far Side

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After the Washington National Cathedral was damaged in an earthquake seven years ago, master stone masons are still working to repair the intricate Gothic stonework on its iconic towers. Tyrone Turner/WAMU hide caption

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Chip By Chip, Restoring The Damaged Washington National Cathedral

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