The Chinese space agency has made history and continues innovating when it comes to space exploration.
Not only have they become the first country in the history of mankind to successfully land a spacecraft on the far side of the moon they have also managed to grow the first plants on the moon’s surface, taking a massive step towards colonizing Earth’s natural satellite.
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 Moons surface.
After making sure that the lander, rover, as well as 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 both the lander and the rover are located, the Aitken Basin is eight miles deep and has around 1,600 miles in diameter. During the mission, Chinese scientists will look to perform mineral and radiation tests. Scientists will also have an unprecedented opportunity to examine minerals located on the far side of the moon.
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 mysterious 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 far side of the moon.
Here’s a stunning view of the moon’s surface. This image was taken by the Chang’e 4 lander.
And here’s the Yutu-2 Rover rolling out onto the lunar surface.