In an attempt to establish itself as a leader in space power, China successfully landed its rover on the far side of the moon making history.

The rover, officially named Chang’e 4, landed at 10:26 am Beijing time on South Pole-Aitken Basin, the largest and oldest impact crater on the moon. Sun Zezhou, the general designer of the Chang’e 4, said that the craft pulled off a “bull’s eye” landing, which he added was “precise” and “smooth.” The lander’s tasks include seeing if plants will grow in the low-gravity area, looking for water or resources at the poles, and conducting the first lunar low-frequency radio astronomy experiment.