A wonderful view of the Yutu-2 rover — Jade Rabbit in English — taken earlier today after it left the lander ramp and rolled to the edge of a nearby crater on the far side of the moon. What a barren place, eh? CNSA
China became the first country to make a successful soft-landing on the far side of the moon this week. The Chang’e 4 spacecraft touched down in Von Kármán crater at 9:26 p.m. CST on Jan. 2 (Jan. 3 Beijing time). Chang’e 4 entered orbit on Dec. 8 but had to wait for the sun to rise at the landing site. Mission control used the time to check and run tests on the craft. The landing was “smooth” and “precise” according to the Chinese National Space Administration.
This is one of the first color photos taken by the Chang’e 4 lander on Jan. 3. CNSA
Hours later, the Jade Rabbit-2 lunar rover rolled down a ramp and began a first survey of its surroundings. The six-wheeled rover is 5 feet (1.5 meters) long and about 3.3 feet (1 meter) wide and tall and sports two foldable solar panels which it will use to power itself during the ...