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 .
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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 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.