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Good night, Chang & # 39; e-4! China's probe on Moon's long nap for the moonlit night



China's mission to the other side of the moon has become dormant for its fifth, cold moonlit night.

The lunar surface experiences day and night, just like Earth's. There is no consistent "dark side," as pop culture sometimes calls it. Instead, the moon experiences a full day, lasting 28 Earth days. (However, there is actually a distant side that explores Chang'e-4 and that is always turned away from Earth.)

Chang & # 39; e-4 reached the Moon almost at the beginning of the year, on the 2nd. January The fifth month of the calendar year, May, is therefore the fifth lunar day on which the mission was active. And with his fifth moonlit night the spaceship has to shut down. The probe Chang & # 39; e-4 switches to sleep mode on moonlight night due to lack of solar energy, according to Chinese state media agency Xinhua .

Related: Chang & # 39; e-4 in pictures: China's mission to the far side of the moon

This historic mission is the first to successfully land on a gentle the moon surface performs far side. Chang'e-4 explores the Von Kármán Crater, an 1

86-kilometer-wide lunar feature that could provide clues to the interior and history of the moon. The crater is located in the South Pole Aitken Basin of the Moon, a region whose formation may have been influenced by the composition and thermal evolution of the Moon's distant side.

The Yutu 2 Rover seen by the Chang & # 39; e 4 Lander.

(Image: © CNSA)

According to Xinhua, the moon probe Chang & # 39; e-4 and its Yutu-2 rover will be dormant on Saturday (May 11). The mission is led by the China Lunar Exploration Program.

The Yutu-2 mission was designed for three lunar days however, extends longer than planned, similar to certain NASA rover missions on Mars, for example.

China's Chang'e-4-Moon Lander on the other side of the moon took in this panoramic view of its surroundings in Von Kármán Crater, showing the spacecraft's rover. Yutu-2, nearby. The Chinese Space Agency revealed the picture on January 10, 2019.

(Picture: © CNSA)

China's robots will withstand two weeks of cold moonlit night before awakening to a new day of investigation.

According to Xinhua, the Yutu-2 rover has so far traveled about 191 meters on the other side of the moon. The mission also provides information about this enigmatic region using instruments such as Visible and Near Infrared Imaging Spectrometer (VNIS), Panoramic Camera (PCam) and Moon Penetration Radar (LPR) from Chang & # 39; e-4.

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