Up until now, spacecraft have only landed on the near side of the moon, which faces Earth. China's National Space Administration says its Chang'e 4 craft touched down today and "opened up a new chapter in human lunar exploration. The craft transmitted photos of a small crater surrounded by a barren surface.
China previously landed a spacecraft on the near side of the moon in 2013, becoming the first to do so since the Soviet Union did it in 1976. The U.S. is still the only nation to send a person to the moon, but China says it has ambitions to do that. (BBC News)