China’s historic mission to the dark side of the moon has successfully deployed its rover on the lunar surface. Lunar explorer Chang’e-4 touched down at 10.26am local time (2.26am GMT), state media reported, and soon after beamed back the first ever image of the ‘dark side’ of the moon. It then released a rover, Yutu-2, which rolled out onto the lunar surface. While stationed on the moon, the Chang’e-4 will attempt to recce the famous Von Karman crater in the Aitken basin, the largest impact crater in the entire solar system at eight miles (13 km) deep and 1,600 miles (2,500 km) in diameter. Scroll down for video A never-before-seen ‘close range’ image taken by the Chinese spacecraft Chang’e-4 of the surface of the far side of the moon. It appears to take on a reddish hue in some of the images released by China, an effect of the lights used by the probe Hours later, this image of the craft’s rover, called Yutu-2, after it rolled out onto the lunar surface was released. Its scientific instruments include a panoramic camera, ground-penetrating radar, and instruments to identify the chemical makeup of the lunar surface. This picture of Yutu-2 was taken from the lander… Read full this story
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