China exchanged data with Nasa on mission to far side of moon

James Marshall
December 9, 2019

China will consider the possibility of constructing a research station on the Moon, the country's space administration said Monday, following the first-ever soft landing by one of its spacecraft on the far side.

Eight days after its historic landing on the far side of the Moon, China's Chang'e 4 lander captured its first panoramic image.

Wu Weiren, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and chief designer of China's lunar exploration program, told China's state-run Xinhua news service that the country's current lunar program includes three phases: orbiting, landing and returning.

In addition to confirming the reliability of this relay link, CNSA mission controllers have managed to boot up Chang'e 4's instruments and performed "two-way mutual shooting", in which the lander and probe took photos of each other.

Waring also added that China is following the footsteps of the United States, as NASA had already faked moon landing.

"China, the U.S., Russian Federation and Europe are all discussing whether to build a research base or a research station on the moon", Mr. Wu said.

NASA has not published any statements on the collaboration and could not immediately be reached for comment.

A rover dubbed Yutu-2 - the name of the moon goddess' pet, the Jade Rabbit - successfully separated from the lander and drove onto the moon's surface last Thursday.

The Moon's far side is also known as the dark side because it faces away from Earth and remains comparatively unknown, with a different composition from sites on the near side, where previous missions have landed. The image is a circular, 360-degree shot, which scientists used to create another wide panoramic picture.

This picture taken Jan. 3, 2019, and received, Jan This picture taken Jan. 3, 2019, and received, Jan. 4, from the China National Space Administration (CNSA) via CNS shows a robotic lunar rover on the far side of the moon.

The mission demonstrates China's growing ambitions as a space power to rival Russian Federation, the European Union and the U.S.

Together, the lander and rover will collect scientific data about the lunar environment, cosmic radiation, and the effects of solar wind on the Moon's surface.

The U.S.is the only country to have placed astronauts on the Moon, having last done so in December 1972 during the Apollo 17 mission.

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