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

China’s Chang’e-4 lander and the Yutu-2 have resumed work for the seventh lunar day on the farside of the Moon after “sleeping” during the extreme cold night.

Both are in normal working condition, according to the Lunar Exploration and Space Program Center of the China National Space Administration (CNSA).

China’s Xinhua news agency reports that the lander woke up at 9:45 a.m. Thursday, and the rover, Yutu-2 (Jade Rabbit-2), awoke at 1:26 p.m. Wednesday.

Scientific studies

The Yutu-2 rover has traveled more than 696 feet (212 meters) across the lunar landscape to conduct scientific studies.

Making tracks. China’s Yutu-2 robot.
Credit: CNSA/CLEP

The scientific tasks of the Chang’e-4 mission include low-frequency radio astronomical observation, surveying the terrain and landforms, detecting the mineral composition and shallow lunar surface structure and measuring neutron radiation and neutral atoms.

Von Kármán crater as viewed by the NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera(LROC).
Credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University

China’s Chang’e-4 farside lander/rover was launched on Dec. 8, 2018, making the first-ever soft landing within Von Kármán crater.

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