Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Chinese Moon Rover Making Tracks on Lunar Far Side

Photos show Chinese rover making tracks on the far side of the moon Chang'e-4 Probe Touches Down on Far Side of the Moon | Space Exploration
Doris Mccormick | 07 January, 2019, 19:09

It represents the first ever such attempt and landing on the far side of the Moon, which has distinct characteristics to the near side we can see from Earth. A photo released by the agency showed the rover stopped at a point not far from where the Chang'e 4 spacecraft touched down on Thursday.

Nevertheless, this is a significant step in China's bid to become a leading power in space exploration, alongside the United States and Russian Federation.

The Yutu-2 rover moves across the far side of the Moon.

"Although this was one small step for the rover, I think it is one big step for the Chinese people", he said in an interview with state broadcaster CCTV, echoing the famous quote by U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the Moon in 1969.

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The ground control has been receiving geographic and geomorphic images of the moon's far side.

"The Chang'e-4, carrying eight payloads, will conduct low-frequency radio astronomical observation, survey the terrain and landforms, detect the mineral composition and shallow lunar surface structure and measure the neutron radiation and neutral atoms to study the environment on the far side of the Moon". When there's a full moon in our sky, the far side is dark. "It means our science and technology ability is getting stronger and the country is becoming more powerful". There had been no confirmation as to exactly what time it will touch down, but state-run China Daily reported (via BBC News) that the Chang'e-4 would start descending on its thrusters sometime between January 2 to 3. "We Chinese people have done something that the Americans have not dared try."China plans to put astronauts on a lunar base in about 10 years".

Despite the name of Pink Floyd's best-selling album, the side of the moon you can't see isn't always dark.

The Jade Rabbit 2 rover has six wheels that all have power, so it can continue to operate even if one wheel fails. It has a maximum speed of 0.1 miles per hour and can climb a 20-degree hill or mount an obstacle up to 8 inches tall, the report said.

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