Photo captured and shared by the China National Space Administration (CNSA).

The China National Space Administration (CNSA) has landed its Chang'e 4 spacecraft on the far side of the moon and sent back a photo captured from the surface. This marks the first time any spacecraft has landed on the far side of the moon.

After touching down at 9:26 p.m. US eastern time, the spacecraft sent back a color photograph of its home inside the Von Kármán lunar crater, a formation on the southern pole of the moon that measures approximately 180 km in diameter.

Lunar Orbiter 5 image of the Von Kármán lunar crater.

Photographs of Von Kármán and the far side of the moon have been captured before, as seen in the above image captured bye Lunar Orbiter 5, but never from the surface of the moon.

One of the major hurdles of landing a spacecraft on the far side of the moon is communications. Normally, with the moon in the way, there's no way for direct communication for the spacecraft. To get around this limitation, the CNSA is using the Queqiao satellite as a relay point about 65,000 km above the surface of the moon.

With the spacecraft now safely on the far side of the moon, it can begin its mission to take measurements in an effort to better determine the age and makeup of the Von Kármán lunar crater and southern pole of the moon.