Published: Wed, January 09, 2019
Sci-tech | By Laverne Osborne

Chinese rover makes tracks on moon's 'dark' side

Chinese rover makes tracks on moon's 'dark' side

Launched on Dec 8 previous year, the Chang'e-4 lunar probe, comprising the lander and the rover, landed on the far side of the Moon on Thursday morning.

No lander or rover has ever previously touched the surface of the far side of the moon, and it is no easy technological feat.

"We are pleased that the power equipment of the Chang'e-4 mission is supplied by radioisotope sources of electricity produced in Russian Federation", he said.

The rover Chang'e-4, which is named after the moon goddess in Chinese mythology, landed at 10:26 a.m. Beijing time in the South Pole-Aitken Basin, which is an impact crater, state news agency Xinhua reported.

"As long as we keep it clean of radio interference, the far side of the moon is very good for radio astronomy", he said. If the minerals found on the moon's far side are in any way useful here on Earth, you can bet all major nations will be jockeying over them.

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Yutu-2, atop the probe, extended its solar panel, stretched out its mast and started to slowly fly to the lunar surface Thursday night. Its maximum speed is 200 meters (220 yards) per hour. It can climb a 20-degree hill or an obstacle up to 8 inches tall. In the States, NASA has announced its own plans to land astronauts on the moon and eventually colonize Mars in the coming decades. With Chang'e 4 mission, China becomes the first country to ever successfully reach the far side of the moon.

Several high-ranking members of the Chinese Communist Party even stated publicly that these latest findings proved without a doubt that the Moon landings were an "elaborately orchestrated hoax to fool the world about America's space program capabilities".

As 2019 dawns the separate preoccupations of the United States and China sound a bit like tracks from a Pink Floyd album: while Americans obsess over building "The Wall", the Chinese have landed a robot on "The Dark Side of the Moon".

The far side is often referred to as the "dark side" because it can not be seen from Earth and is relatively unknown. Chang'e-4 can't communicate directly with mission scientists back on Earth.

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