A Chinese space rover explored the lawn terrain on Friday in the world's first mission on the surface from the far side of the moon.
Jade Rabbit 2 drove off the ramp last night and onto the soft, powdery surface after a Chinese spacecraft made its first ever landing on the far side of the moon. A photo posted online By the China space agency, trucks left the rover as they were left off the spacecraft.
"It is a small step for the Rover, but a huge leap for the Chinese people," said Weiren, chief designer of the Lunar Exploration Project, told the state broadcaster CCTV in a turn of the century. There. Astronaut Nil Armstrong's famous remark when he became the first person to go to the moon in 1969. "This giant leap is a decisive move for our exploration of space and the conquering of the universe."
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Earlier moon landings, including America's six-month missions from 1969 to 1972, were on the far side of the moon that faces Earth. The far side is noticeable many times of lunar orbits, but never explored on the surface.
China's space community has been proud of the successful landing, which placed technical challenges in the face of moon block direct communication between the spacecraft and its controllers. China is trying to catch up with the United States and other nations in exploration.
"Landing on the far side shows China's technology is strong," said Kisong, a local expert in the East China University of Science and Law in Shanghai.
While Lucas America's site program, he said, "China has already positioned itself at least as well as Russia and the European Union."
The news delighted people on the streets of Beijing on Friday, many of whom showed that China can now reach or even surpass what the United States has done.
"I think this is very good evidence that we are now able to compete with the Americans," said energy company employee Yao Dijun. "You can get on the moon and so can we – I think it's very good. It means our science and technology capabilities are getting stronger and the country is becoming more powerful."
The news inspired Dreamy ideas for Shang YuGang advertising. "Perhaps after several years ordinary people like us can also travel there to take a look," he said.
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The Chinese Rover has six powered wheels, allowing it to continue operating even if one wheel fails. It has a maximum speed of 200 meters (220 yards) per hour and can climb a 20-degree hill or an obstacle up to 20 cm (8 inches) high.
"The surface is soft and similar to the one on the snow," China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation's renowned Shen Zhongdong designer said on CCTV.
Exploring the cosmos From the far side of the moon may eventually help scientists learn more about the early days of the solar system and even the birth of the stars of the universe. The far side is called the "dark side", because it cannot be seen from the ground and is relatively unknown, not because it lacks sunlight.
Can Moritsugu, the Associated Press
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