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See the far side of the moon as never before: China releases stunning new images



China's moon mission has exceeded expectations, releasing new lunar images

  • China's moon mission has exceeded expectations. 19659003] Yutu 2 and its lander are hibernating as their fifth lunar day
  • The mission looks to analyze the layers of the moon's mantle never seen before
7:01 EDT, 23 April 2019

China's Chang'e 4 lander and Yutu 2 rover have captured new images on their successful mission to explore the side of the moon as the duo looks to [1]

On the moon, the cycle of day and night is nearly 30 Earth days in total, with each lasting about two weeks long.

The new images captured from the rover, Yutu 2 and released this month, offering up the mission's journey after a first round of pictures was released after their arrival on the 115-mile wide Von Kármán Crater in January.

Objects of the lander and rover mission – the first-ever to target exploration of the moon's side – include analyzing chemical differences between the Earth-facing side of the moon and the mission's target area.

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 China's ChangEe mission has been a success with its land and rover greatly exceeding their expected lifespan. Yutu 2 captured the rover, and released this month, offering more of the mission's journey

China's Chang 4 mission has been a success with its land and rover greatly exceeding their expected lifespan. Yutu 2 captured from the rover and released this month, offering more of the mission's journey

As reported by the Planetary Society, no hard science regarding the Chang'e's mission has emerged yet, but scientists involved with the project said the surveyed area shows 'potential evidence of excavated deep mafic material, which could reveal the mineralogy of the lunar mantle.'

The far side of the moon, which is the hemisphere that always faces away from Earth, has yet To be explored by any such missions before and like its Earth-visible counterpart, the location experiences of two weeks of sunlight and two weeks of darkness.

According to report by Space.com, Chang'e's mission has already greatly exceeded expectations.

The spacecraft was only initially designed to last about three lunar days in total.

Both the lander and rover are currently in hibernation mode, resting during a lunar night, but on April 28, when another two-week day dawns on the far side of the moon, both would be going on their fifth lunar day, given they're still fully intact.

 With their ample data, scientists hope to reveal facts about our early solar system. The far side of the moon, which is the hemisphere that always faces away from Earth, has yet to be explored by any such missions before

With their data, scientists hope to reveal facts about our early solar system. The mission's rover, Yutu 2, has outpaced its predecessor traveling an extra 60 meters so far. 19659025] The mission's rover, Yutu 2, has outpaced its predecessor traveling an extra 60 meters so far ” class=”blkBorder img-share” />

The mission's rover, Yutu 2, has outpaced its predecessor traveling an extra 60 meters so far

Because of the daytime's brutal temperatures which is to 390 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees Celsius), the rover is also required to take intermittent 'naps' – letter periods of hibernation – until it is possible to move again.

far from the moon, the Yutu 2 has managed to travel just under 180 meters during its one-month stay.

his month, research plan to analyze and then publish results in about a month, according to the Planetary Society.

In addition to satisfying humans' curiosity regarding the far side of the moon, the mission will also help illuminate scientists understanding about the makeup of our early solar system.

Craters studied by the rover were created by an ancient impact where layers of the moon are exposed, where can they be determined and more.

WHY DID CHINA CHOOSE TO COUNTRY IN THE VON KARMAN CRATER?

Chang'e-4 landed in the Von Karman crater in the South Pole-Aitken basin.

This is an enormous crater which resides at the very southern tip of the moon.

The basin is the largest known impact basin in the solar system.

China's space agency hopes that by exploring the huge divot on the surface of the moon they may be able to shed some light on its history and geology by collecting rocks that have never been seen before.

Researchers hope the huge depth of the crater will allow them to study the moon's mantle, the layer underneath the surface of the moon

The crater is believed to be composed of various chemical compounds, including thorium, iron oxide, and titanium dioxide.

It is also hoped that this 8-mile deep scar on the surface of the moon the scientists could find two piece together the origin of the lunar mantle.

There is also another logistical reason for the choice of landing site, the crater is mostly flat in the south of the basin

This increased the likelihood of a successful landing. 19659009]

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