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


 | Updated: Jan 11, 2019, 01:18 PM IST

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

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.


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.


China's relay satellite Queqiao

The BDS  is composed of three sections: the space section, the ground section and the user section. China has sent the BDS-2 and BDS-3 satellites into space upon in Tuesday's launch.

However, the Pentagon in a strategy document said that "China and Russia present the greatest strategic threat due to their development, testing and deployment of counter space capabilities," adding,"China and Russia each have weaponized space as a means to reduce US and allied military effectiveness and challenge our freedom of operation in space."



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.




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.


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)