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]