Wu Weiren, chief designer of the lunar exploration program, presents the Chang’e-4 rover.
Credit: CCTV/Screengrab


The rover for China’s Chang’e-4 lunar mission was presented in Beijing on August 14. 2018.

Credit: CCTV/Screengrab

The Chang’e-4 lunar mission — lander and rover — is scheduled to launch in December 2018 and will land in the Aitken crater, located in the Aitken Basin, in the South Pole region on the far side of the Moon, according to China Central Television (CCTV).

Reliability improvements

Wu Weiren, chief designer of the lunar exploration program, presented the rover. Wu said that the rover is modeled after the Yutu rover that was dispatched by the Chang’e-3 lander in December 2013.

Close-up of Chang’e-4 rover wheel, one of six on the Moon machinery.
Credit: CCTV/Screengrab


“We have made great efforts to improve its reliability,” Wu said, “even conducting over 1,000 tests to make sure it can operate in the long-term on the Moon while protecting itself from the stones and gullies there.”

Apollo 17 image of Aitken Crater that defines the northern rim of the South Pole-Aitken basin.
Credit: NASA/JSC/Arizona State University








Crater info

Aitken crater is about 84 miles (135 kilometers) in diameter.

It is located on the northern rim of the South Pole-Aitken Basin, the largest preserved basin on the Moon. The crater has a central peak and much of its original floor has been buried by younger rock.



Go to this China Central Television (CCTV) video showing the presentation of the Change’-4 rover.


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