China shares Chang’e 4 moon landing video

Eugene Garcia  EPA FILE

Eugene Garcia EPA FILE

The new pictures include a new view of the Yutu (Jade Dragon) 2 lunar lander and a panorama of the barren lunar landscape.

The lunar mission by Chang'e 4 and its rover, Jade Rabbit 2, was a triumph for China's growing space program, which has been rapidly catching up with those of Russian Federation and the U.S. President Xi Jinping has placed space exploration among the country's national development priorities and the far side mission offered a chance for China to do something not done before by any other country. China set up a relay satellite in May to receive communication from Chang'e 4.

'The far side of the moon is a rare quiet place that is free from interference of radio signals from Earth, ' mission spokesman Yu Guobin said, according to Chinese state media Xinhua.

The Chang'e-4 lander - named after the moon goddess in Chinese mythology - released a rover that will perform experiments in the Von Karman Crater, which is located in the South Pole-Aitken Basin.

China will seek to establish an global lunar base one day, possibly using 3D printing technology to build facilities, the Chinese space agency said Monday, weeks after landing a rover on the moon's far side. Check out the panoramic image of the far side of the Moon below. China shared the first images taken from the far side of the moon earlier this month.

The far side of the Moon is known as the dark side because it is the part of the satellite that faces away from Earth, and thus normally can not be seen. Prior to the Chang'e-4's touchdown, we had not managed to actually land a spacecraft on this unexplored area of the Moon.

Wu said China in turn shared the time and co-ordinates of Chang'e 4's scheduled landing. This was apparently made by combining 4,700 pictures captured by the onboard camera.

Following that mission, China will launch Chang'e-6 to gather samples on the moon's south pole and bring them back to Earth, Wu said.

Notícias recomendadas

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.