Chang'e-4 an anticipated scientific event in 2018
The launch of Chinese lunar probe, the Chang'e-4, has been listed as one of the most anticipated scientific events in 2018 by Nature, a UK-based international journal of science.
File photo of the Moon [Photo: IC]
The Chang'e-4 lunar probe is scheduled to land on the far side of the Moon sometime before the end of 2018, carrying 11 scientific payloads, including four developed by other countries.
Apart from China's Chang'e-4, Nature has also listed a number of other scientific events which are expected to be of significant interest this year.
NASA is set to send astronauts back to the Moon, while Boeing and SpaceX are planning to put rovers on the lunar surface.
A doctor works on gene detection in a hospital. [File Photo: VCG]
In the field of medicine, Nature says it anticipates major steps toward treatments for cancer could emerge in 2018, with scientists expected to launch large-scale genome sequencing to try to eliminate the disease. Japanese scientists are also said to be working with stem cells on a potential treatment for Parkinson's Disease.
On the climate change front, countries that have signed on to the Paris Agreement will outline their latest progress in their commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions this year. The Paris Agreement has the ultimate goal of keeping global temperature increases to between 1.5 to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.