China’s Chang’e-4 spacecraft lands on far side of the moon

Relay satellite Queqiao key role in moon's far side

The information given by this probe is significant as till date all the manned and unmanned flights to moon have landed on the side which faces the earth but this Chang'e-4 is exploring the far side which is both rugged and unexplored.

The ultimate goal is to pave the way for an eventual crewed mission that will see Chinese astronauts land on the Moon for the first time. LFS aboard Chang'e-4 will astronomically observe low-frequency bands. But exactly how it influences this interaction is something Swedish scientists want to know - and for that reason, they want Yutu-2 to last as long as it can. The country had launched a satellite a year ago in May that was put into orbit just close to the Moon. The rover, which was seen in early photos having just taken its first strides on the Moon, is shown moving farther away from the lander's camera. The Aitken basin is regarded to have formed during a massive collision in the earliest history of the moon.

To promote public interest in space exploration, the China National Space Administration invited people to write down their wishes for lunar and space exploration, and the relay satellite carries the names of tens of thousands of participants and their messages.

Yutu-2 operates in a unusual magnetic environment courtesy of its landing site, the South Pole-Aitken basin. The moon's dark side remains largely unexplored because its position shields it from radio frequencies, preventing direct with the Earth.

Researchers hope to use the cameras on the satellite to capture asteroids hitting the far side of the moon, said Sun Ji.

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The relay satellite will also be used for scientific and technological experiments.

Chang'e-4 spacecraft of China touched down on far side of Moon on January 2 at 9.26pm Eastern.

The maximum distance between the satellite and the Chang'e 4 probe on the far side of the moon is 79,000 km. "This will negate the key advantage of the far side for radio astronomy, being free of radio interference from Earth". Besides, radio signals also can not get to the spacecraft on the far side.

China is a relative newcomer to space travel compared to the USA and Russian Federation, but has been making up for lost time at a rapid rate.

This was one of the many planned missions for the country.


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