An Artist’s impression of China’s Spacecraft Yutu-2 on the Moon surface. Photo Credit: Reuters
China made history when they succeeded in landing a space probe on the 3rd of January 2019 on the Von Karman Crater in the South Pole of the Moon. The reason why this crater was chosen is because it was predicted to have a smooth volcanic floor and is located in the great Aitken basin.
The Great Aitken basin is in the South Pole and is an impact crater which is located on the far side of the Moon. It is estimated to be 2,500 km (1,600 mi) in diameter and 13 km (8.1 mi) deep. it is one of the largest known impact craters in the Solar System. It is the largest oldest and deepest basin recognized on the Moon.
Arrow pointing landing area of the probe in Von Kármán crater. Image Credit: The Conversation
Prof Andrew Coates, a space scientist at UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory said:
“This is a great technological accomplishment as it was out of sight of Earth, so signals are relayed back by their orbiter, and most of the landing was actually done autonomously in difficult terrain,” said. “The landing was almost vertical because of the surrounding hills”.
An Artist’s impression of Chinas Spacecraft on the Moon. Photo Credit: EPA
China space agency has just released the best panoramic photographs ever taken from the lunar surface which was taken by Chang’e 4 probe. This spacecraft is the first man-made machine to explore the far sides of the Moon.
These amazing 360-degree high definition panoramic photos were taken by the camera on the top of the spacecraft and sent back on Thursday night. In one of the photos you can clearly see an endless horizon of just grey rocky surface in the other you can see the rover Yutu-2 on the move.
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