Monday, 25 March, 2019

China shows first images from far side of the moon

The image from the China National Space Administration shows the first image of the moon's far side taken by China's Chang'e-4 probe The image from the China National Space Administration shows the first image of the moon's far side taken by China's Chang'e-4 probe
Cary Marshall | 12 January, 2019, 08:28

China has broadcast pictures taken by its rover and lander on the moon's far side.

Many lunar orbiters had shown the moon's two sides were very different: the near side is relatively flat, while the far side is thickly dotted with impact craters.

The original Yutu rover from the 2013 Chang'e-3 mission to the lunar near side also took a similar break during its first lunar day in Mare Imbrium.

A rover dubbed Yutu-2 - the name of the moon goddess's pet, the "Jade Rabbit" - successfully separated from the lander and drove onto the moon's surface yesterday.

Humanity has sent dozens of probes to the near side of the moon, however, Chang'e 4 is the first spacecraft to reach the far side, which is more hard due to communication problems stemming from the fact that an entire relay system is necessary in order to pass messages to mission control.

The Von Kármán crater landing spot in the Aitken Basin is the oldest, deepest, crater on the moon's surface and the largest in the Solar System.

Don't miss the total (lunar) eclipse of the heart this month

A video of the latest mission's landing - produced using more than 4,700 pictures taken by a camera on the probe - showed a "thicker layer of dust" offering "strong evidence" that its landing area is much older than the site where China's previous rover landed, Li said.

The China National Space Administration (CNSA) said the initial stage of the mission was a "complete success" after the lander and the rover sent back images via the Queqiao relay satellite that beams data back to Earth.

The Yutu 2 rover, as seen by the Chang'e 4 lander.

The moon is "tidally locked" to Earth in its rotation so the same side is always facing Earth. Its first unprocessed images made the moon look quite reddish, but the familiar gray of the moon is clearly seen in the exciting panorama shot.

The panorama also shows the edges of some of the science instruments onboard the Chang'e 4 lander itself. "We will conduct comparative research between the landing areas of Chang'e-3 and Chang'e-4", Li said.

"We hope Chang'e-4 could carry out unprecedented and more challenging tasks", said Wu Weiren, chief designer of China's lunar exploration program. The exploration might offer clues as to why the bombardment occurred, said Zou.

More news: NSW MP vomits as he holds dead fish

Recommended

Yankees, 2B D.J. LeMahieu reportedly agree to two-year deal Yankees, 2B D.J. LeMahieu reportedly agree to two-year deal Both Andujar and Torres need to be in the lineup every day due to their offense so there's no need to play Tulo every day. Only Tulowitzki, provided he can stay healthy, projects as an above average defender.

Saudi teen given refugee status, Australia considering visa for her Saudi teen given refugee status, Australia considering visa for her Some Saudi female runaways fleeing abuse by their families have been caught trying to seek asylum overseas in recent years. Saudi Arabia has strict social rules, including a requirement women have permission from a male "guardian" to travel.

FBI probed whether Trump was Russian agent FBI probed whether Trump was Russian agent Trump also plays a central role in a separate case in NY , where prosecutors have implicated him in a crime. The newspaper said it's not clear whether Mueller is still looking into that matter.

Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Announces She's Running For President In 2020 Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Announces She's Running For President In 2020 Gabbard was one of the most prominent lawmakers to back Sanders over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary. Gabbard's spat with Hirono is just the latest incidence of her alienation from establishment Democrats.

Australia vs India, 1st ODI, SCG Australia vs India, 1st ODI, SCG Australia have a pretty experienced look to the ODIsquad, but they will be under the pump after conceding the Test series. KL Rahul mentioned how he partied till 5 AM before a match and Hardik Pandya boasted about his escapades on the show.

Saudi Arabia says vast oil reserves even bigger than thought Saudi Arabia says vast oil reserves even bigger than thought Energy Information Administration reported on Wednesday, which marked the biggest fall since November 2018. Falih said on Wednesday the kingdom would still go ahead, and list the company by 2021.

Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez strikes personal terms with Arsenal Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez strikes personal terms with Arsenal "You have to balance the players because they play a lot of matches in the next month, with the Europa League and the FA Cup". When asked whether he would give players a break or make changes to his training regime, Emery answered: 'We are doing that.

Netflix in $25m lawsuit over Bandersnatch episode According to Chooseco's complaint , Netflix did try to get permission, engaging in "extensive negotiations", but in the end never got a license.

This is how Diego Simeone reacted to Alvaro Morata rumours This is how Diego Simeone reacted to Alvaro Morata rumours According to Diario AS , Morata's agent, Juanma Lopez, arrived in Spain on Tuesday to negotiate the striker's move to Sevilla . However, Atletico manager Diego Simeone remained coy on the interest in Morata .

Nissan re-commits to Mitsubishi, makes corporate adjustments post-Ghosn Nissan re-commits to Mitsubishi, makes corporate adjustments post-Ghosn Renault, which is the biggest shareholder in Nissan, has refrained from removing Ghosn, instead appointing interim replacements. It also alleges that he used company funds to repay a Saudi acquaintance who put up collateral for the contracts.

Bizarre Ear Condition Makes Woman Unable to Hear Men's Voices Bizarre Ear Condition Makes Woman Unable to Hear Men's Voices Xiaoqing diagnosed Chen with "low-frequency hearing loss ", a rare condition that cuts off deeper, lower-frequency sounds. In Chen's case, RSHL was preceded by an extremely stressful period - which her doctor says may have contributed.

Monaco sign Chelsea's Fabregas on three-and-a-half-year deal Monaco sign Chelsea's Fabregas on three-and-a-half-year deal Struggling AS Monaco have boosted their relegation fight by signing experienced midfielder Cesc Fabregas from Chelsea until June 2022.

Saudi teen Alqunun leaves Thailand for Canada to seek asylum Saudi teen Alqunun leaves Thailand for Canada to seek asylum She will be subject to Australian checks before she is granted a humanitarian visa, including character and security assessments. She then started a social media campaign, live-tweeting her case and attracting global attention.

Leeds United accused of 'spying' on rivals Derby County during training Leeds United accused of 'spying' on rivals Derby County during training Derby manager Frank Lampard, also speaking ahead of the kick-off, said that the incident shouldn't be excused on cultural grounds. Now Leeds can beat you 4-1, they're a fantastic team, but we had somebody in the bushes that day, twice this season now.

White House readies short list of possible replacements for Justice Ginsburg White House readies short list of possible replacements for Justice Ginsburg On Dec. 21 , the Supreme Court press office reported that the surgery had been successful, and the nodules had been removed. Raja Flores, chief of the division of thoracic surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in NY , told CNBC.