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    Default China lands probe on the far side of the Moon



    China's Chang'e 4 lands on the far side of the Moon

    https://www.theguardian.com/science/...n-basin-crater

    Congratulations China!

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    Default Re: China lands probe on the far side of the Moon

    And it survived its first "frigid" night: https://www.space.com/43192-china-fa...nar-night.html

    "Both the lander and the rover came out of dormant mode automatically, waking up after noting the elevation angle of the sunlight now available at Von Kármán Crater, which is part of the huge South Pole-Aitken Basin. Furthermore, key instruments have started to work again, mission officials said."

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    Default Re: China lands probe on the far side of the Moon

    Haven't seen any recent updates on this mission but some interesting info on its relay satellite.

    Besides communications, the relay satellite has an interesting mission of its own: Chang'e 4 relay satellite, Queqiao: A bridge between Earth and the mysterious lunar farside | The Planetary Society.

    - One science instrument is a collaborative Netherlands-China Low-Frequency Explorer (NCLE) for the detection of low-frequency radio emissions from the early universe; NCLE will carry out various astronomy experiments including mapping the radio sky for studying the galaxy, detecting solar storm and planetary radio pulses, and more

    - The other science instrument is a 170-millimeter large-aperture laser angle reflector, which is a test instrument to carry out laser ranging measurements between Earth and Queqiao

    - In addition, two twin microsatellites (named Longjiang-1 and 2), will accompany Queqiao to the Moon and fly in a tandem 300-by-3000-kilometer orbit around the Moon and carry out ultra-long-wave astronomical interferometry as well as radio-related test measurements

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    Default Re: China lands probe on the far side of the Moon

    Found this panoramic view taken from the lander: http://www.cnsa.gov.cn/n6758823/n675...3/content.html.

    Pretty impressive...but wish it were rotated!!

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    Default Re: China lands probe on the far side of the Moon

    Yeah congrats to China. The more international space travel/space exploration is the better.
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    Default Re: China lands probe on the far side of the Moon

    Hi Dave. Thanks for the update links and photos of the Chang'e 4 mission. And, I agree with Michael, in that with more exploration, the more data we collect, and the more understanding that we have.
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    Default Re: China lands probe on the far side of the Moon

    Quote Originally Posted by combat48 View Post
    Found this panoramic view taken from the lander: ???????????????????????????????.

    Pretty impressive...but wish it were rotated!!

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    Rotated it for you hehe (click to enlarge)... An amazing image indeed.

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