China's Chang'e-4 lunar rover releases new pictures from Moon

The Chang'e-4 mission - named after a moon goddess- got back to work on the far side of the Moon on Thursday after waking up from a five-day hibernation. The lunar had made the world's first soft landing on the Moon's far side on January 3.

 

 

China's Chang'e-4 makes first ever soft-landing on far side of moon

China's Chang'e-4 probe took panoramic photos on the lunar surface after it successfully made the first ever soft-landing on the far side of the moon.

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360-degree panoramic photos from the far side of moon

The China National Space Administration (CNSA) Friday released the 360-degree panoramic photos taken by a camera installed on the top of the lander.

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China's relay satellite Queqiao

The images were sent back via the relay satellite Queqiao, which was operating around the second Lagrangian point of the earth-moon system, about 455,000 km from the earth, where it can see both the earth and the moon's far side.

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Preliminary analysis on the terrains and landform

Scientists have made a preliminary analysis on the terrains and landform surrounding the probe according to the panoramic pictures.

 

 

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Chang'e-4 landed on the Von Karman Crater

Chang'e-4 probe touched down on the Von Karman Crater in the South Pole-Aitken Basin on the morning of January 3, and the lunar rover Yutu-2 drove onto the lunar surface late that night.

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Rover restarted to work after a 'nap'

Then the rover took a 'nap' as the solar radiation raised the temperature on the lunar surface to over 100 degrees centigrade. It restarted to work on Thursday.

 

(With input from Reuters)

 

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