China's moon rover prepares for a rough ride on the dark side

China's moon rover prepares for a rough ride on the dark side

China on Friday broadcast pictures taken by its rover and lander on the moon's far side, in what its space program hailed as another triumph for the groundbreaking mission to the less-understood sector of the lunar surface. "The mission also achieved the first relay communication from the far side of the moon to the Earth", said the note.

Yutu-2 is set to rover to the front side of the lander and return an image of the craft, like that taken by its predecessor Yutu for the Chang'e-3 mission above, before continuing to explore using its suite of science instruments.

The pictures on state broadcaster CCTV on Friday show the Jade Rabbit 2 rover and the Chang'e 4 spacecraft that transported it on the first-ever soft landing on the side of the moon, which always faces away from Earth.

CNSA said the Chang'e 4, the Yutu No. 2 patrol, and the "Yuqiao" relay star were reported to be in stable condition, after they safely landed on the far side of the moon on January 3.

A camera deployed on Chang'e-4 took a photo that was released by the China National Space Administration (CNSA) today.

Li said that one of the craters close to the rover Yutu-2 has a diameter of about 20 meters and a depth of about 4 meters.

The moon's surface on this side is thicker and more pitted than the familiar earth facing side.

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Images transmitted from China's Chang'e 4 Yuta rover shows the craggy and complex terrain of the lunar south pole region, posing a serious challenge for controllers in plotting the rover's future explorations, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

The Yutu 2 rover, as seen by the Chang'e 4 lander.

"The information from the depths of the moon will be one of our focuses in the exploration", he said.

The panoramic view of the far side of the Moon captured by the Change'e 4 lander.

The Chinese space administration also released a 12-minute video of the spacecraft's landing, which can be seen below.

Wu Weiren, CLEP's chief designer, added that "it was a great challenge with the short time, high difficulty and risks". The basin is the largest and deepest impact crater in the solar system.

Scientists have found evidence indicating a heavy asteroid bombardment event in the solar system around 3.9 billion years ago.

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