Chang’e-4 farside mission – lander and Yutu-2 rover

NASA and the China National Space Administration (CNSA) are coordinating efforts focused on the recent touchdown of China’s Chang’e-4 Moon lander and Yutu-2 rover. The robotic probe throttled itself down on January 3 within the Von Kármán crater in the South Pole-Aitken Basin on the farside of the Moon.

Chang’e-4’s farside landing zone.
Credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University

The U.S. space agency has also held discussions with the CNSA to look for landing plume effluents from the Chinese probe as it stuck the landing on the lunar terrain.

For more information on collaborative efforts underway with China by NASA, as well as the European Space Agency, go to my new Scientific American article:

Farside Politics: The West Eyes Moon Cooperation with China

Scientists and policy makers in the U.S. and Europe are seeking new ways to work with China on its ambitious lunar exploration program



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