China says it exchanged data with NASA on far side landing

Postado Janeiro 14, 2019

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China's historic Chang'e 4 lander touched down on the far side of the moon January 2, the first time that has ever been accomplished, and on Friday we got our first ever 360-degree panoramic photo of the previously unexplored landscape.

The state-run China Daily said this was the first such collaboration since an American law banned joint space projects with China that do not have prior congressional approval.

In 2013, Chang'e 3, the predecessor craft to the current mission, made the first moon landing since the then-Soviet Union's Luna 24 in 1976. He said NASA's satellite did not catch the precise moment of landing, but took photographs of the area afterward.

The state-run China Daily said that was the first such form of cooperation since the 2011 US law was enacted.

China's Chang'e-4 probe continues its journey and observations of the "dark" side of the Moon, and it recently captured a stunning panoramic photo of the lunar far side.

Li Chunlai, deputy director of the National Astronomical Observatories of China and commander-in-chief of the ground application system of Chang'e 4, revealed that one of the images of the "dark" side of the Moon is a 360-degree panorama that was made by combining 80 photos.

The far side of the moon - the side which faces away from Earth - posed a challenge for scientists because it is beyond radio signals' reach. "With the probe of the far side of the moon this time, Chinese people have done very well".

Officials at the briefing declined to give specific figures on the costs of the space program.

The agency said four more lunar missions are planned, confirming the launch of a probe by the end of the year to bring back samples from the moon.

"China, the United States, Russia and Europe are all discussing whether to build a research base or a research station on the moon", Wu said.