China broadcasts new images from far side of moon

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The Chang'e-4 mission - named after a moon goddess - made the world's first soft landing on the moon's far side on January 3, a major step in China's ambitions to become a space superpower.

The Chang'e-4 probe - named after a moon goddess - made the world's first soft landing on the moon's "dark side" on January 3, a major step in China's ambitions to become a space superpower.

Several photos show the lunar rover Yutu-2 driving into the distance. The machines took each other's portraits.

The rover and lander began testing and calibrating instruments, with the China National Space Administration (CNSA) releasing images of the activity from lander monitoring cameras. The rover is powered by solar panels.

The mission, part of the country's ambitious space programme, is to study the moon's geology but also monitor for radio waves coming from deep space because the dark side is shielded from Earth's own radio signals. The rover is visible with its tracks leading away towards the bottom.

Images of the moon's far side sent back by the Chang'e-4 probe.

The pictures were transmitted by a relay satellite to a control center in Beijing.

CLEP said: "The ground receiving image was clear and intact, the Chinese and foreign scientific loads were working normally, and the detection data was valid".

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In a statement released on its website, the CNSA said researchers had completed the preliminary analysis of the lunar surface topography around the landing site.

"From the panorama, we can see the probe is surrounded by lots of small craters, which was really thrilling".

The mission consists of two robots: the Chang'e 4 lander and the Yutu 2 rover.

The panorama taken from the Chang'e 4 lander at its perch in Von Karman Crater and stitched together as a full-circle view.

We Earthlings only ever get to glimpse one face of the Moon since the satellite is tidal locked to our planet.

The video, lasting about 12 minutes, shows the probe adjusted its altitude, hovered and avoided obstacles during the descent process.

"The thicker dust shows that the lunar regolith in the region has undergone longer space weathering, which also gives strong evidence of the region being older".

The Chang'e 4 lander, as seen by the Yutu 2 rover.

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