No lander or rover has ever previously touched the surface of the far side of the moon, and it is no easy technological feat. In the States, NASA has announced its own plans to land astronauts on the moon and eventually colonize Mars in the coming decades. It shows the desksized, six-wheeled Yutu 2 (Jade Rabbit 2) rover as it rolled down lander ramps and across the surface near local sunrise and the start of the two week long lunar day. The ground control has been receiving geographic and geomorphic images of the moon's far side.
Despite the name of Pink Floyd's best-selling album, the side of the moon you can't see isn't always dark. Yutu-2 will enter a "napping" mode at an appropriate time and is expected to resume moving next Thursday.
Researchers hope that low-frequency observations of the cosmos from the far side, where radio signals from Earth are blocked by the moon, will help scientists learn more about the early days of the solar system and even the birth of the universe's first stars. It may hold clues to the moon's origins, prove rich in minerals, and possibly serve as a "future refueling base for missions deeper into space".
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As 2019 dawns the separate preoccupations of the United States and China sound a bit like tracks from a Pink Floyd album: while Americans obsess over building "The Wall", the Chinese have landed a robot on "The Dark Side of the Moon".
Adding to the difficulties, Chang'e 4 was sent to the Aitken Basin in the lunar south pole region - known for its craggy and complex terrain.
Chang'e 4's images and data come home via a relay satellite called Queqiao, which is parked at a gravitationally stable spot beyond the moon. Its success provided a major boost to China's space program.
Beijing is planning to send another lunar lander, Chang'e-5, later this year to collect samples and bring them back to Earth.