China broadcasts pictures from far side of the moon

China broadcasts pictures from far side of the moon

According to the Xinhua news agency one of the images is a 360-degree panorama stitched together from 80 photos taken by a camera on the lander, citing Chunlai Li, the deputy director of the National Astronomical Observatories of China and commander-in-chief of the Chang'e 4 ground application system.

Information can not be sent directly from the lunar far side to Earth - the moon's bulk gets in the way. In other words, the far side of the Moon, well, looks pretty similar to the near side. "For the first time in human history, the spacecraft made a soft landing and patrol survey on the back of the moon, and for the first time, realized the relay communication with the Earth on the back of the moon, and with many countries".

Chang'e-4 landed within the South Pole-Aitken (SPA) Basin, the largest and deepest impact crater in the solar system.

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

A rover dubbed Yutu-2 - the name of the moon goddess's pet, the "Jade Rabbit" - successfully separated from the lander and drove onto the moon's surface yesterday.

"The lander, its rover, and the relay satellite are all in a stable condition".

The mission sent the first panoramic image of its landing site Friday, showing the grey moonscape it is exploring and the track marks left by the rover in the lunar soil.

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"Now I declare that the Chang'e 4 mission, as a part of the Chang'e Lunar Exploration Program, has been a success", Zhang said.

"The Chang'e-4 landed at an altitude of almost minus 6,000 meters".

As the Moon is tidally locked to Earth - its rotation period roughly equals its orbital period - we only get to see one side of our satellite.

A camera deployed on Chang'e-4 took a photo that was released by the China National Space Administration (CNSA) today. The Chang'e 4 is shown adjusting its altitude, speed and pitch as it seeks to avoid craters and uneven surfaces before it lands.

This is the first mission ever that aims to explore the Moon's far side from the surface.

"The thicker dust shows that the lunar regolith in the region has undergone longer space weathering, which also gives strong evidence of the region being older".

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