To land an improved (lighter) model "Chang'e-4" on the moon should at the beginning of 2019, reports TASS.
Chang'e 4 is the next in the line of China's Chang'e missions, and would be the first craft to land on the Moon's far side.
The rover is scheduled to observe the possibilities for sustaining plant life and seek potential water sources in the previously unexplored expanse, as well as conduct astronomical experiments aided by the far-side's natural shielding from Earth's electromagnetic waves. Scientists have speculated about a number of uses for the far side of the moon, including setting up radio telescopes.
Unlike the near side of the moon that is "tidally locked" and always faces the earth, besides offering many flat areas to touch down on, the far side is mountainous and rugged.
No lander or rover has ever touched the surface there, positioning China as the first nation to explore the area.
China launched the probe, which for the first time in the history of mankind has to sit on the opposite side of the moon.
This May, China sent a satellite called Queqiao ("Magpie Bridge") to a gravitational balance point about 33,000 miles beyond the moon to relay data between Earth and Chang'e-4's landing site. Scientists chose this location to study the formation and composition of the moon, as an impact as large as the one that created the SPA could have potentially displaced a lot of the regolith (lunar soil) and crust, exposing the magma within. The far side of the moon was officially observed in 1959 by the Soviet Luna 3 spacecraft.
China's space program has benefited from cooperation with Russian Federation and European nations, although it was excluded from the 381-tonne International Space Station, mainly due to United States legislation barring such cooperation amid concerns over its strong military connections.
Chang'e 4 follows a series of Chinese lunar missions, including two orbiters and a lander. The new mission is expected to take off next year to collect samples and bring them back to earth.
Moreover, Beijing is planning to send another lander to the moon, the Chang'e-5.