China’s lunar rover travels 271 meters on moon’s far side

China’s lunar rover Yutu-2 has driven 271 meters on the far side of the moon to conduct scientific exploration on the virgin territory.

lunar roverYutu (Chinese: 玉兔; pinyin: Yùtù; literally: Jade Rabbit) was a robotic lunar rover that formed part of the Chinese Chang’e 3mission to the Moon. It was launched at 17:30 UTC on 1 December 2013, and reached the Moon’s surface on 14 December 2013

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Both the lander and the rover of the Chang’e-4 probe switched to its dormant mode for the lunar night on Wednesday (Beijing time), according to the Lunar Exploration and Space Program Center of the China National Space Administration.

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China’s Chang’e-4 probe, launched on Dec 8, 2018, made the first-ever soft landing on the Von Karman Crater in the South Pole-Aitken Basin on the far side of the moon on Jan 3.

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A lunar day equals 14 days on Earth, a lunar night the same length. The Chang’e-4 probe switches to dormant mode during the lunar night due to lack of solar power.

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During the eighth lunar day of the probe on the moon, the scientific instruments on the lander and rover worked well, and a new batch of scientific detection data were sent to the core research team for analysis.

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Author: China Desk

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