China’s probe lands on far said of moon, sends images

Successful Moon Mission



China’s probe lands on far said of moon, sends images

Introduction

  • A Chinese space probe touched down on the far side of the moon, China’s space agency said.

Chang’e 4

  • The Chang’e-4 lunar probe, launched in December, made the “soft landing” at 02.26 GMT and transmitted the first-ever “close range” image of the far side of the moon, the China National Space Administration said.
  • The landing “lifted the mysterious veil” of the far side of the moon and “opened a new chapter in human lunar exploration.
  • The probe, which has a lander and a rover, touched down at a targeted area near the moon’s south pole in the Von Karman Crater, after entering its orbit in mid-December.

Tidally locked

  • The moon is tidally locked to Earth, rotating at the same rate as it orbits our planet, so most of the far side — or “dark side” — is never visible to us.
  • Previous spacecraft have seen the far side, but none has landed on it.

Task of chang’e 4

  • The tasks of the Chang’e-4 include astronomical observation, surveying the moon’s terrain, land form and mineral make-up, and measuring the neutron radiation and neutral atoms to study the environment of its far side.

Point to Remember

  • Chang’e-4 lunar probe
  • Von Karman Crater