This is absolutely amazing.
After the Chang’e 4 mission landed inside the Von Karman Crater, located in the Aitken basin, the largest impact crater in our solar system, the lander released its lunar rover Yutu-2 onto the Moon’s surface. After ensuring that the lander, rover, and the satellite orbiting the moon, serving as an intermediary between the lander, rover, and scientists on Earth, is fine, Chinese scientists started recording the environment surrounding their robotic explorers.
The results? Stunning images and videos of a totally alien landscape, never before seen by human eyes. The region where the lander and the rover are located, the Aitken Basin, is eight miles deep and around 1,600 miles in diameter. Chinese scientists will look to perform mineral and radiation tests during the mission. Scientists will also have an unprecedented opportunity to examine minerals on the moon’s far side.
Researchers aim to use soil tests and temperature measurements to reveal new details about the moon and the cataclysmic collision that created Earth’s natural satellite. But Chinese experts will also try and solve the origin of water unexpectedly abundant in lunar soil.
And while the Chinese continue making history, helping us solve the countless mysteries surrounding Earth’s natural satellite, here we bring you some of the most amazing images and videos that have been recorded by the Chinese Space Agency as their lunar-exploring robots may their way to the moon’s surface.
Here’s how the Chang’e 4 Spacecraft made its way to the moon’s far side.
Here’s a stunning view of the moon’s surface. The Chang’e 4 lander took this image.
And here’s the Yutu-2 Rover rolling out onto the lunar surface.
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