China’s Chang’e 4 is still lighting up the far side of the Moon. After some epic views of the barren lunar surface upon its arrival in January, the lander had sent another few interesting snaps back to Earth.
The China National Space Administration (CNSA) is probing the largely uncharted part of the moon that faces away from Earth. It’s not like the Pink Floyd’s dark side, but rather is a mysterious place.
In January, Chang’e 4 and its Yutu 2 (Jade Rabbit 2) rover landed on the surface of the Moon; thereby, observing the first time a country had soft-landed on the Moon’s far side.
Over the past seven months, the lander which is powered by solar energy along with the rover has gone into sleep mode during the long lunar nights. Then during the lunar day they wake up and get back to their job. Again on Tuesday, they became inactive but before that they broadcasted back some new looks of the far side of the Moon.
One of the views displays the rover looking back at the lander in the distance. Another picture shows the rover’s zig-zag tracks left behind in the lunar dust.
A reporter, who has been closely following China’s space program, stated that the rover continues to move on the Moon’s surface, but that no roving distance has been released for its actions during its seventh lunar day, covering a time period of about two weeks on Earth.
The rover along with the lander is likely to snooze for a couple weeks before reawakening for the next round of sunlight, science and snapshots.