Chinese rover beings exploring ‘dark’ side of moon

Relay satellite Queqiao key role in moon's far side

This included the three radio antennas, which were deployed at 04:00 pm Beijing time on January 4th (03:00 am EDT; 12:00 am PDT on January 3rd). Chang'e-4 can't communicate directly with mission scientists back on Earth. LFS aboard Chang'e-4 will astronomically observe low-frequency bands. It's a self-contained ecosystem, and scientists want to see what might happen to it over time. In addition to the instruments inherited from the Chang'e-3 mission there's also three new instruments that are the result of worldwide collaborations.

The relay satellite, named Queqiao, meaning Magpie Bridge, after a Chinese legend, was launched on May 21, 2018, and became the first communication satellite operating in the halo orbit around the second Lagrangian (L2) point of the earth-moon system, almost 500,000 km from the earth.

Once these checks were complete, the Yutu-2 rover rolled off of the lander at 10:22 pm local time (09:00 am EDT; 06:00 am PDT). The rover, which was seen in early photos having just taken its first strides on the Moon, is shown moving farther away from the lander's camera. James Head said that LPR aboard Chang'e-3 will supply photographs of subsurface lava flow units and lunar soil layers. The Aitken basin is regarded to have formed during a massive collision in the earliest history of the moon.

Yutu-2 operates in a unusual magnetic environment courtesy of its landing site, the South Pole-Aitken basin.

The lander will also conduct some rather interesting research during the course of the mission to determine if terrestrial creatures can grow in lunar gravity. "There's a lot of enthusiasm for the space program in China". With the moon touchdown, China is now positioned as a contender for exploration, communications and area commerce.

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"We will let Queqiao work as long as possible".

However, as Harvard professor Abraham Loeb noted, the relay satellite itself could be a source of radio contaminate for the sky. Liu also serves as the experiment's chief director. Besides, radio signals also can not get to the spacecraft on the far side.

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Xie added that the idea behind the study, which is a partnership between 23 Chinese universities, is to learn more about seed respiration and photosynthesis on the moon. And with both Roscosmos planning their own lunar missions and NASA looking to return to the Moon, the coming years are sure to be very exciting!

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