Tuesday, 17 September, 2019

Chinese Rover Making Tracks on Dark Side of the Moon

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According to NASA, the name refers to the "to a Chinese folktale about magpies forming a bridge with their wings to allow Zhi Nu, the seventh daughter of the Goddess of Heaven, to reach her husband".

China aims to catch up with Russian Federation and the United States to become a major space power by 2030.

China said in 2017 it was making preparations to send a person to the moon.

In year-end wrap-ups, Chinese media and officials hailed the December 8 launch of Chang'e 4 as one of the nation's major achievements in 2018. The landing on Thursday was announced to the public by state broadcaster CCTV at the top of the noon news. "China views this landing as just a steppingstone, as it also views its future manned lunar landing, since its long-term goal is to colonize the moon and use it as a vast supply of energy". But it was this mystery that encouraged China to set out for the discovery, he added. The Chang'e 4 and its quirky rover won't be capable of that, but it will carry out a number of experiments and relay data it gathers during its time on the Moon's surface.

Pink Floyd isn't the only one singing about the dark side of the moon now-China is too.

"The Chinese lunar space programme is hugely ambitious". That's because the moon takes the same amount of time to orbit the earth as it does for the moon to rotate once, in a phenomenon known as "tidal locking" that blocks direct radio signals from the earth to the moon's far side. The area where the probe has landed faces away from earth, meaning it is free from radio frequencies. China's lunar rover, Yutu-2, or Jade Rabbit-2, left the first ever "footprint" from a human spacecraft on the far side of the moon late at night on Thursday, after it separated from the lander smoothly.

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China's space agency shared an image of the rover being deployed, along with a picture taken from the south side of the landing site which was relayed back via a relay satellite, according to state-owned television network CGTN.

In 2003, it became the third country to put a man in space with its own rocket after the former Soviet Union and the United States, and in 2013 completed its first lunar "soft landing".

"China has never said it is in a space race with the United States, and has no such intention", said Professor Wang Xiangsui, director of the Research Centre of Strategic Issues at Beihang University.

The landing showed China's space program had achieved the technological capability required for a tricky project, said Richard de Grijs, an astrophysics professor who was until previous year based at Peking University's Kavli Institute.

"Building a space power is a dream that we persistently pursue", he said in an interview with CCTV at the Beijing Aerospace Flight and Control Center.

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