China Reveals First Ever Images From The Dark Side Of The Moon

10 January, 2019, 12:24 | Author: Darnell Taylor
  • Relay satellite Queqiao key role in moon's far side

The information given by this probe is significant as till date all the manned and unmanned flights to moon have landed on the side which faces the earth but this Chang'e-4 is exploring the far side which is both rugged and unexplored.

While this is by no means the first time living organisms have been launched into space (see Ham and Enos the chimpanzees, the two tortoises that circled the moon and the Apollo moon missions for reference), this is the first time plants and animals have landed on the far side of the moon. LFS aboard Chang'e-4 will astronomically observe low-frequency bands.

The controllers also took the time to deploy the rover's solar panels and verify that the mission's scientific payload (altogether, seven instruments and cameras) were all in working order.

The probe was launched from China's Xichang Satellite Launch Center and reached the lunar orbit in 12 December. The rover, which was seen in early photos having just taken its first strides on the Moon, is shown moving farther away from the lander's camera.

Artist's impression of the Chang'e-4 lander on the lunar surface.

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In recent years, each significant achievement made by China's space industry has drawn global attention.

The satellite can stay in its orbit for a long time due to its relatively low fuel consumption, as the earth's and moon's gravity balances its orbital motion, said Zhang Lihua, chief designer of the satellite.

Elevation data of the Moon showing the South Pole-Aitken Basin. The mission has already been a milestone for the CNSA, being the first to make a soft landing on the Moon and the first mission in history to land on the far side of the lunar surface.

Even if the experiments with the satellite prove that we can not feasibly conduct radio astronomy on the far side of the Moon, the mission is certain to yield valuable scientific information. "This will negate the key advantage of the far side for radio astronomy, being free of radio interference from Earth".

The pioneering landing highlights China's ambitions to rival the U.S., Russian Federation and Europe in space. The moon Mission is a between step to the long-term objective of China "in every aspect of a space", as formulated by the Beijing leadership as early as 2016.

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