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.


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 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.


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)