China’s lunar probe takes first panoramic images of moon’s far side

Lunar probe takes first panoramic images of moon’s far side

Chinese researchers have conducted preliminary topographical analysis of the landing site of the country’s Chang’e 4 lunar probe, the China National Space Administration said on Friday. By Friday morning, Chang’e 4 – consisting of a lander and a rover – and the Queqiao relay satellite had been in stable condition, the administration said in a statement.

Cameras mounted on the lander took panoramic images of the landing site and transmitted those images to the ground control via Queqiao, enabling researchers to do a topographical analysis, it noted, adding that the rover, named Yutu 2, or Jade Rabbit 2, was activated on Thursday after a short standby mode.

A panoramic image of the far side of the moon sent from the Chang’e 4 lunar probe. [Photo provided by China National Space Administration]

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