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AFP
January 12, 2019

China’s moon rover prepares for a rough ride on the dark side

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AFP
January 12, 2019

BEIJING: China on Friday hailed its historic mission to the far side of the moon as a "complete success" so far but said new challenges await its rover as it explores rugged terrain.

The Chang´e-4 probe, named after a moon goddess, made the world´s first soft landing on the moon´s "dark side" on January 3, a major step in China´s ambitions to become a space superpower. A rover dubbed Yutu-2, or Jade Rabbit, the name of the moon goddess´s pet -- successfully separated from the lander and drove onto the moon´s surface about eight hours after landing. The mission sent the first panoramic image of its landing site Friday, showing the grey moonscape it is exploring and the track marks left by the rover in the lunar soil.

"From the panorama, we can see the probe is surrounded by lots of small craters," said Li Chunlai, commander-in-chief of the ground application system for the Chang´e-4 mission, according to the official Xinhua news agency. Chang´e-4 landed in the Von Karman Crater within the South Pole-Aitken Basin.

The craters close to the rover, including one that was 20 meters wide with a depth of about four meters (13 feet), will pose great challenges when planning its route, 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.

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