Chinese rover powers up devices in the pioneering moon mission


Can Moritsugu, the Associated Press

Published Friday, January 4, 2019 11:29 PM EST

Beijing – All systems are like a Chinese spacecraft and Rover is making its observation equipment after making a first-ever landing on the far side of the moon, the Chinese National Space Administration said.

The Jade Rabbit 2 Rover has been successfully connected to a digital transmission link with a relay satellite that sends data back to the Beijing Control Center, the site agency said in a late Friday post on its website.

The radar's radar and panoramic unit are activated and work normally, it said. A photo released by the agency said the robber stopped at a point not far from where the Chang & # 4; 4 spacecraft touched down Thursday.

Chang 4, named after a Chinese moon goddess, is the first craft to make a soft landing on the far side of the moon, which faces far from Earth. Previous landings, including one in China's Chang & # 39; E3 in 2013, are on the far side.

After discharging the rover from a ramp, the spacecraft devolved three 5-meter (16-foot) low-frequency radio antennas, the Chinese site agency said. Chang & E4; e4 also sent back pictures taken with a topographical camera.

The researchers hope that low-frequency observations of the Earth's cosmos far away, the blocks of radio signals from Earth, will help scientists learn more about the early days of the solar system and even the birth of the stars of the universe.

Harvard University astronomer avi lobe noticeable, but the relay satellite needs to send back information from the far side also contaminates the sky.

"As long as we keep clear of radio interference, the far side of the moon is very good for radio astronomy," he said.

The far side is noticeable many times of lunar orbits, but never explored on the surface. It's called the "dark side" because it can't see from the ground and is relatively unknown, not because it lacks sunlight.

"It is just the far side, it can be dark or light," Loeb said, depending on the time of day.

Pioneering landing highlights China's ambitions to compete with the United States. There, Russia and Europe are in place. Both China's site community and the public have taken pride in the accomplishment, with some competing with the United States.

China's program of lags America's location, but has made great strides in the past 15 years, including manned flights and a space laboratory that is seen as a precursor to plans for a space station.


Associated Press Writer Seth Borenstein at Washington and Researcher Henry Cow in Beijing contributed to the report.

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