CHINA’S latest lunar mission will run into an advanced alien civilisation on the mysterious dark side of the moon.
That’s according to crackpot conspiracy theorists, who claim Beijing’s Chang’e-4 probe will stumble upon secret military bases set up by extraterrestrials.
Internet cranks also believe the robot will discover a series of impact craters left by Nasa «bombing campaigns» against the hidden aliens.
Due to touch down in the early hours of Thursday morning, Chang’e-4 is humanity’s first mission to the dark side of the moon.
The region perpetually faces away from Earth and is shrouded in mystery because it cannot be seen by normal telescopes.
It has proved ripe for conspiracy theories, including claims that an advanced alien race is hiding there in secret.
Last year, Karl Wolfe, a technician at the Air Force Tactical Air Command headquarters in Langley, Virginia, claimed to have discovered artificial structures in the dark side of the moon.
He and his colleagues found strange shapes in images taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, a probe that has circled the moon since 2009.
«They were structures that were definitely not created by natural means, such as meteors, or ancient collisions with other heavenly bodies,» Karl said.
«The structures were created by intelligent beings. Most noticeable was what looked exactly like radar antennas, very similar to what one could see on Earth.»