Chinese rover beings exploring ‘dark’ side of moon

Relay satellite Queqiao key role in moon's far side

All systems are go as a Chinese spacecraft and rover power up their observation equipment after making a first-ever landing on the far side of the moon, the Chinese National Space Administration said.

China's recent space mission, the first landing of a probe on the far side of the moon, to give the country global Prestige, national pride and promote the supremacy of the party a new legitimacy. It's the first time any country has accomplished such a feat on the Moon's little-studied far side, and for China it's a huge opportunity to contribute to space exploration as a whole.

The Jade Rabbit 2 rover has been successful in initiating a digital conveyance link with a broadcast satellite that dispatches data back to the Beijing control center, according to space agency.

Following the Chang'e-4 mission, China is expected to quicken its steps in exploring outer space.

Image of the Yutu-2 rover disembarking from the Chang'e-4 mission's lander. The rover then began conducting scientific operations at this location, which is the first point in its planned exploration path. Rather Chang'e 4 sends and receives a message via Queqiao satellite, which is present in the halo orbit on the dark side of the moon. James Head said that LPR aboard Chang'e-3 will supply photographs of subsurface lava flow units and lunar soil layers. "There's a lot of enthusiasm for the space program in China".

The South Pole of the Moon is the area where all the future commercial and science sites are likely to be. For all those uninitiated and confused, the far side of the Moon is that portion which is rarely studied by the researchers. Since it was not directed toward the Earth, the probe could not transmit its signals to the Earth because the radio waves were blocked by the Moon's rocky mass.

"As long as we keep it clean of radio interference, the far side of the moon is very good for radio astronomy", he said. Harvard University astronomer Avi Loeb observed that the relay satellite required to dispatch information by far side also pollutes the sky.

The pioneering landing highlights China's ambitions to rival the U.S., Russian Federation and Europe in space. Though there have been several missions to the Moon in past decades after the landing by Neil Armstrong, a lot of them have by fly past and just touch and go flights.

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