Hidden side of the moon: China publishes a 360-degree photo of the surface

The Chinese probe Chang'e-4 sent a 360 ° snapshot of the hidden side of the Moon on which it landed on January 3rd.


The Chinese lunar probe has sent from the far side of the Moon an impressive panoramic photo of its arrival, showing a gray landscape dotted with craters.

A robot on the moon. On January 3rd, the Chang'e-4 mission made the first smooth landing of history on this hemisphere of the Moon, which turns its back permanently on Earth. This is a crucial step in China's ambitious space program. A small Yutu-2 wheeled remote robot ("Jade Bunny 2") has left the lander and is moving on the lunar surface for analysis.

A 360 ° photo. A camera installed on the probe Chang'e-4 took a picture released Friday by China National Space Agency CNSA (China National Space Administration). The 360-degree panoramic image shows a gray lunar surface, part of the probe and the little robot with the marks left by its wheels. "The researchers completed the preliminary analysis of the lunar surface topography around the moon landing site based on the image taken by the camera," CNSA said.

All equipment is in a "stable state". The Chang'e-4 spacecraft, the Jade Bunny 2, and the Queqiao satellite to send the information back to Earth "are in stable condition and all programs are running as planned," the statement said. The 140-kilogram small remote-controlled robot resumed operations on Thursday after being put on standby for several days to avoid the extremely hot temperatures that prevailed on the lunar surface. This is the second time that China has sent a machine to explore the moon after the first Yutu rover in 2013.

REF: https://www.europe1.fr/sciences/face-cachee-de-la-lune-la-chine-publie-une-photo-a-360-degres-de-la-surface-3836717