China is planning to send its Chang’e-4 lander to the lunar far side in 2018. Previously the country had aimed to get there by 2020. Although spacecraft have seen the “dark” side of the moon, we’ve never landed there. In 2013, China’s Chang’e-3 lander became the first spacecraft in 37 years to land softly on the surface.
The two spacecraft still seem to be functioning today, but their functions may be limited--the Yutu rover lost mobility within the first few days of landing, and the moon’s frigid temperatures could have wreaked havoc on the probes’ systems over the past two years. Nevertheless, the mission has returned science results, recently announcing the discovery of a new kind of moon rock.