Chinese rover powers up devices in pioneering moon mission

Chinese rover powers up devices in pioneering moon mission

Chinese rover powers up devices in pioneering moon mission

Since the moon blocks direct communications, China had to first put a satellite in orbit to relay signals.

"It is human nature to explore the unknown world".

The Yutu-2 rover. Image credit: CNSA. Wu Weiren, chief designer of the lunar exploration project, told the state broadcaster CCTV: "This giant leap is a decisive move for our exploration of space and the conquering of the universe".

Named after the pet rabbit belonging to the mythical Chinese lunar goddess Chang'e, the Yutu 2 rover is making history as it sends back images and other data from the far side of the moon.

The Yutu 2 rover moving farther across the moon's surface. It has 6 wheels, two solar panels, and a dish antenna.

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China's far-side moon rover is already busy exploring its exotic new home.

"The Chang'e-4 probe, comprised of a robotic lander and a rover, touched down at the preselected landing area at 177.6 degrees east longitude and 45.5 degrees south latitude on the far side of the Moon at 10:26 a.m. Beijing Time", Chang'e-4 team members said.

China on Thursday landed its Chang'e 4 spacecraft on the moon's far side - also known, mistakenly, as the "dark side" - which no nation had done before.

The first photos from the landing, shared by the China National Space Administration on Thursday, show the first close-ups of the far side of the moon's cratered surface.

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