Credit: CNSA/CLEP

 

 

China’s Chang’e-4 farside lander/rover mission has been switched to “dormant mode” for the chilly lunar night.

The Lunar Exploration and Space Program Center of the China National Space Administration has also stated that the Yutu-2 rover has now chalked up 889 feet (271 meters) of wheeled exploration.

China’s Chang’e-4 probe was launched on Dec. 8, 2018, making the first-ever soft landing within the Von Kármán crater in the South Pole-Aitken Basin on the farside of the Moon on January 3, 2019.

Chang’e-4 farside mission – lander and Yutu-2 rover
Credit: CNSA/CLEP

Eighth lunar day

According to China’s Xinhua news agency, during the eighth lunar day of the Moon mission, the scientific instruments on the lander and rover worked well, and a new batch of scientific detection data were sent to the core research team for analysis.

A lunar day equals 14 days on Earth. A lunar night is the same length. The Chang’e-4 probe switches to dormant mode during the lunar night due to lack of solar power, adds the Xinhua story.

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