China unveils Chang'e-4 rover to explore Moon's far side

China's rover for the Chang'e-4 lunar probe which is expected to land on the far side of the moon this year was unveiled Wednesday

Judging by the images, reports the Agency "Xinhua", the Rover is a block of rectangular shape on six wheels with two sliding solar panels.

The far side of the Moon is not visible from the Earth.

China had launched a relay satellite, named Queqiao, in May to set up a communication link between the Earth and Chang'e-4 lunar probe.

Chang'e-4 has been made from the backup hardware of Chang'e-3 which was the China's similar mission that launched the Yutu or "Jade Rabbit" rover along with a stationary probe to the moons near side in 2013.

Yutu's successor is now nameless, with a global competition underway to choose a moniker.

Winners will be rewarded at most 3,000 yuan and invited to watch the lunar probe launch.

"Its overall design is inherited from our last lunar rover", Wu Weiren, the chief designer of China's lunar probe program, told state broadcaster CCTV. "But we worked hard to improve its reliability, conducting thousands of experiments to ensure its long-term operation, especially taking into consideration rocks, ravines and frictions on the moon".

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However, a new Rover got the adapted part and the configuration payload to be configured for demanding tasks on the lunar surface, as well as new opportunities for retranslating connection.

Both the lander and rover will carry global payloads for other countries, the report said.

Many users suggested the name "Monk Pig", after Zhu Bajie, a fictional character from the famous classical Chinese novel "Journey to the West".

Landing on the moon will also be seen as domination around moon's space. China has quickly ramped up its high-flying ambitions in the past couple of decades and late 2018 will mark a real milestone for the country's space program.

China's most publicized space missions thus far have been exclusively scientific in their aims, but western governments have always seen the country's space ambitions as a potential military threat.

When it comes to space exploration, China is now playing a game of catch up with other world powers.

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