Chinese lunar probe snaps breathtaking panoramic PHOTOS of Moon’s far side

Postado Janeiro 11, 2019

China's Chang'e-4 probe took panoramic photos on the lunar surface after it successfully made the first ever soft-landing on the far side of the moon.

Chang'e-4 probe touched down on the Von Karman Crater in the South Pole-Aitken Basin in the morning of January 3, and the lunar rover Yutu-2 drove onto the lunar surface late that night.

It is the first time a soft landing has been performed on the Moon's far side - also known as the dark side because it faces away from Earth and remains comparatively unknown - due to challenges relaying signals.

This latest space project from China is the second to land a probe on the moon, with the first taking place in 2013 with the Jade Rabbit rover. Officials with the China National Space Administration said they mark a "total success" for the mission in showing the rover moving away from its lander.

Among the images is a 360-degree panorama stitched together from 80 photos taken by a camera on the lander after it released the rover onto the lunar surface, Xinhua said, citing Li Chunlai, deputy director of the National Astronomical Observatories of China and commander-in-chief of the ground application system of Chang'e 4.

Expected on Friday are the release of images from one or both of the lander's Terrain Camera (TCAM) and the rover's Panoramic Camera (PCAM).

"Researchers have completed the preliminary analysis of the lunar surface topography around the landing site based on the image taken by the landing camera", the CNSA said in a statement.

The 140kg rover resumed activities yesterday after being on "stand-by mode" for five days.

The message, a reference to a past Chinese office tradition, was quickly met with joy as several netizens wished the rover luck on it endeavors on the far side of the moon.