China’s Chang’e-4 spacecraft lander and rover have resumed work for the 26th lunar day on the far side of the moon, according to the country’s space agency.
The Chang’e-4 spacecraft, which made the first ever soft landing on Von Karman crater in the South Pole-Aitken basin on the opposite side of the moon on January 3 last year, survived 736 Earth days on the moon.
The far side of the moon is the hemisphere which is never facing the Earth, due to the rotation of the moon. It is sometimes mistakenly referred to as the “dark side of the moon,” even though it receives the same amount of sunlight as its Earth-facing side.
The lander woke up at 3:13 am on Friday (Beijing time), and the Yutu-2 rover, or Jade Rabbit-2, woke up at 10:29 am Thursday, according to China’s Lunar Exploration and Space Program Center. National Space Administration.
A lunar day equals approximately 14 days on Earth and a lunar night is the same length. The solar powered probe switches to sleep mode during the lunar night.
On the 26th lunar day, Yutu-2 will move northwest to the basaltic area or impact craters with high reflectivity, the state news agency Xinhua reported.
Yutu-2 will take panoramic photos and its infrared spectrometer, neutral atom detector and lunar radar will continue to carry out scientific explorations. The research teams will analyze the detection data and publish the scientific results, the report says.
Chang’e 4 is the fourth lunar probe launched by China since the country’s lunar program opened in 2004. It comprises two main parts: the main lander weighing approximately 2,400 pounds and a 300-pound rover. By comparison, NASA’s Opportunity rover on Mars weighs around 400 pounds, and the Curiosity rover there is much larger, at 2,000 pounds.
The spacecraft is largely a clone of Chang’e-3, which landed on the moon in 2013. Named after the moon goddess in Chinese legends, the first Chang’e spacecraft was launched in 2007 to verify the Chinese lunar probe technology. lunar images and perform scientific investigations.
The Chang’e 2 followed in 2010 to take high-definition images of the moon and study the landing conditions for the Chang’e 3.
Chang’e 3 landed on the moon in 2013. Chang’e 3 released China’s first lunar rover, Yutu, to the moon. It worked there for about 1,000 days.
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- It is sometimes incorrectly referred to as the dark side of the moon, even though it receives the same amount of sunlight as its Earth-facing side. The lander woke up at 313am Friday morning Beijing time and the Yutu-2 or Jade Rabbit-2 rover woke up at 1029am Thursday, according to the China National Space Administration’s Lunar Exploration and Space Program Center, one day lunar equals about 14 days on Earth and a lunar night is the same length.
- The Chinese Chang’e-4 probe resumes operation for the 26th lunar day