Chang’e-4 Probe Takes Panoramic Photos from the Far Side of the Moon

Chang'e-4 Probe Takes Panoramic Photos from the Far Side of the Moon

The lander of China’s Chang’e-4 probe and rover Yutu-2, took photos of each other on Friday, marking a successful mission to the far side of the Moon. Chang’e-4’s 360° lens captured the Yutu-2 – or Jade Rabbit 2 – rover in front of the grey moonscape and unveils the potholed surface and barren expanse of land inside the peculiar Von Kármán crater at the lunar South Pole.  The lander also sent back a video attached together from more than 4,700 stationary images taken by the on-board camera. The video shows Chang’e-4 regulating its trajectory right before landing on the lunar surface below.

All that information had to go through a chiefly deployed relay satellite, since the Moon itself obstructs direct signals to Earth from its far side. The rover and lander are carrying instruments to analyze the unfamiliar region’s geology. The rover has just awoken from a period on “standby”. Controllers placed it in this mode just after the touchdown as a provision against high temperatures, as the Sun rose to its peak point over the landing site.

CNSA revealed that scientists have developed the route of the rover keeping in mind the neighboring terrain captured by a navigation camera and then used Queqiao to release the photograph order.  The panoramic camera of the rover snapped the lander, which took a picture of Yutu II with its topographic camera. Both images were managed on the earth. Named after Chinese Moon deity “Chang’e,” China’s lunar survey program, which began in 2004, comprises orbiting and landing on the Moon and fetching samples back to Earth. The program has accomplished five consecutive accomplishments, said CNSA, referring to Chang’e-1, Chang’e-2, Chang’e-3, a test craft for Chang’e-5 and Chang’e-4. A publish from the Yutu-2 rover’s social media account on Chinese microblogging website Weibo on January 11 at 11:22 Beijing time read: ‘Would you like to take a 360-degree moon walk? Here is a high-resolution panoramic photo of the moon taken by my fourth sister.

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