2/8/2019 0 Comments
Earlier this month, China did something incredible with the first successful smooth landing on the dark side of the moon. Thanks to this, today we have the opportunity to see an incredible panorama of this invisible part of our satellite for us.
The mission consists of two robots - the Chang'e 4 lander and the rover Yutu 2. Since their arrival on January 2nd, both robots have explored the moon's surface in the crater Won Karaman, which is 186 km wide.
The panorama is made by Chang'e 4 and on the left you can see the rover along with the traces it left. Although the rover has the freedom to investigate, shortly after arrival he was turned off in order to avoid warming due to the long lunar day. According to the Chinese Academy of Science, the temperature here can reach 100 degrees Celsius.
On the surface of the moon, days and nights last as much as 14 days on Earth, and robots landed on its surface right after the sunset at the crater. The Chinese media reported that on January 10, the rover was successfully switched, unlike its predecessor, Yutu Rover, which was sent in 2013.
The panorama also sees the edges of several scientific instruments located on the ground. According to the Chinese Space Administration, some of the instruments have already been put into use. They begin collecting data on the dark side of the moon and in the next few weeks they should send their report.
The information on this side of the moon can not be directly sent to Earth. Instead, they are sent to a satellite called Queqiao, located on a location from which to communicate with the Earth.