Chinese language Rover Lands Safely On Far Facet Of Moon

Gwen Vasquez
January 6, 2019

"The process was recorded by the camera on the lander and the images were sent back to the Earth via the relay satellite "Queqiao"," the report said, quoting China National Space Administration (CNSA).

The Jade Rabbit 2 rover drove off a ramp and onto the moon at 2:22pm GMT on Thursday, about 12 hours after the Chang'e 4 spacecraft touched down.

A Chinese lunar rover landed on the far side of the moon on Thursday, in a global first that boosts Beijing's ambitions to become a space superpower.

In 2013, the predecessor spacecraft Chang'e 3 made the first moon landing since the former Soviet Union's Luna 24 in 1976.

Chang'e 4 could also contribute to radio astronomy.

There is much to explore on the far side of the moon.

Infographic of the Chang'e-4 lunar landing mission.

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His team analyzed a huge amount of lunar remote sensing data from multiple sources and created high-precision and high-resolution topographic models of the northwestern South Pole-Aitken basin, where Chang'e-4 landed at noon on Thursday Beijing time.

The rover will also conduct mineral and radiation tests, the China National Space Administration has said, according to state news agency Xinhua.

Of course, there is a dark side of the moon.

"And this marks one of the milestone events of building a strong space nation", chief designer for the lunar mission, Wu Weiren, told CCTV. The United States is hoping to return to the big cheese in the sky by 2023, but the spacecraft for the mission is not done yet and technical issues could push that date back, giving China an even bigger head start.

Pink Floyd has a lot to answer for when it comes to popular ideas about the moon, but here's how to always keep your lunar sides straight. Chang'e-4 communicates with Earth via a relay satellite in orbit around the moon, something that adds another level of complexity and risk, according to Jim Head, a researcher at Brown University who worked with Chinese colleagues to analyze Chang'e-4's landing site.

The landing for the new rover could have been tricky, since it is descending into one of the largest craters on the Moon and the uneven terrain could cause issues. China builds already now an exclusive competition event to the worldwide space station, is mainly due to the Americans, who had rejected a few years ago a participation of China.

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