China begins first surface exploration of moon’s far side

The Chinese rover Yutu 2 leaves its first marks on the surface of the moon after it separates from the Chang'e 4

While China is the first to land a spacecraft on the far side, there have been plenty of detailed photographs taken by orbiting spacecraft.

The head of the Russian state space corporation Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, Thursday congratulated the Chinese colleagues on the successful landing of the Chang'e-4 probe.

The Chang'e-4 spacecraft scripted history on Thursday when it made the first-ever soft landing on the far side of the moon.

"We are pleased that the power equipment of the Chang'e-4 mission is supplied by radioisotope sources of electricity produced in Russian Federation", he said.

China's lunar rover Yutu-2, or Jade Rabbit-2, has left the first "footprint" from a man-made spacecraft on the far side of the Moon.

One of the challenges of exploring the far side of the moon is communication.

The six-wheeled rover, known as Yutu 2, isn't pausing to catch its breath, as a newly released photo shows.

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The collection of data from the invisible side of the moon began with the Jadehase 2 robotic vehicle, the vehicle carried by the Chinese satellite Chang'e 4, which for some hours has been laid on the moon side that we cannot see.

The National Space Administration posted a photo on its website late Friday showing the rover stopped at a point not far from where the Chang'e 4 craft touched down the previous day. It has a maximum speed of 200 metres (220 yards) per hour and can climb a 20-degree hill or an obstacle up to 20 centimetres (8 inches) tall.

The Chang'e 4 lunar probe mission - named after the moon goddess in Chinese mythology - was launched in December from the southwestern Xichang launch center.

Researchers hope that low-frequency observations of the cosmos from the far side, where radio signals from Earth are blocked by the moon, will help scientists learn more about the early days of the solar system and even the birth of the universe's first stars.

Overall, Chang'e 4 is the second Chinese probe to make a soft landing on the Moon, following the Yutu (Jade Rabbit) rover mission in 2013.

The pioneering achievement is another demonstration of China's ambitions to be a space power.

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