China broadcasts pictures from far side of the moon

China Clearly a Country in a Hurry When It Comes to Space

The Long March 2 G F rocket that carried Tiangong-1 into orbit

The Chang'e 4 spacecraft - the first ever to land on the far side of the moon, released landing footage and panoramic pictures on Friday.

China's space agency has said the mission "lifted the mysterious veil" from the far side of the moon, which is never seen from Earth, and "opened a new chapter in human lunar exploration".

An image of the Chang'e lander taken by the Yutu 2 rover.

Chang'e-4 probe touched down at the preselected landing area at 177.6 degrees east longitude and 45.5 degrees south latitude in the Von Karman Crater in the South Pole-Aitken (SPA) Basin on the far side of the moon on January 3, and the rover drove onto the lunar surface late that night.

CNSA said the Chang'e 4, the Yutu No. 2 patrol, and the "Yuqiao" relay star were reported to be in stable condition, after they safely landed on the far side of the moon on January 3.

To overcome the problem, the China National Space Administration launched the Queqiiao relay satellite, last May to assist with the relay exchange between Earth and the Chang'e-4 probe.

The moon's surface on this side is thicker and more pitted than the familiar earth facing side.

Li said that one of the craters close to the rover Yutu-2 has a diameter of about 20 meters and a depth of about 4 meters.

Photos of the lander and rover were sent back on Friday marking the success of the Chang'e-4 mission.

He said the Chang'e-4 landed at an altitude of almost minus 6,000 meters. The deepest region on the Moon, where there is an altitude of minus 9,100 meters, is about 700 kilometers to the south of the probe.

The space administration also released a 12-minute video of Chang'e 4's landing, made up of more than 4,700 images taken by an onboard camera. CNSA also released a new panorama image of the far side of the moon's topography.

"We chose a vertical descent strategy to avoid the influence of the mountains on the flight track", Zhang He, executive director of the Chang'e-4 project said in a statement. "And this marks one of the milestone events of building a strong space nation", chief designer for the lunar mission, Wu Weiren, told CCTV. The exploration might offer clues as to why the bombardment occurred, said Zou.

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