Chinese rover powers up devices in pioneering moon mission
BEIJING (AP) — All systems are go as a Chinese spacecraft and rover power up their observation equipment after making a first-ever landing on the far side of the moon, the Chinese National Space Administration said.
The Jade Rabbit 2 rover has succeeded in establishing a digital transmission link with a relay satellite that sends data back to the Beijing control center, the space agency said in a posting late Friday on its website.
The rover's radar and panoramic camera have been activated and are working normally, it said. A photo released by the agency showed the rover stopped at a point not far from where the Chang'e 4 spacecraft touched down Thursday.
Chang'e 4, named after a Chinese moon goddess, is the first craft to make a soft landing on the moon's far side, which faces away from Earth. Previous landings, including one by China's Chang'e 3 in 2013, have been on the near side.
After sending the rover off from a ramp, the spacecraft deployed three 5-meter (16-foot) low-frequency radio antennas, the Chinese space agency said. Chang'e 4 also has sent back images taken with a topographical camera.
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.
Harvard University astronomer Avi Loeb noted, however, that the relay satellite needed to send back information from the far side also contaminates the sky.
The far side has been observed many times from lunar orbits, but never explored on the surface. It is popularly called the "dark side" because it can't be seen from Earth and is relatively unknown, not because it lacks sunlight.
"It's just the far side, it can be either dark or light," Loeb said, depending on the time of day.
The pioneering landing highlights China's ambitions to rival the U.S., Russia and Europe in space. Both China's space community and public have taken pride in the accomplishment, with some drawing comparisons to the United States.
China's space program lags America's, but has made great strides in the past 15 years, including manned flights and a space laboratory that is seen as a precursor to plans for a space station.
译文来源：三泰虎 http://www.santaihu.com/46821.html 译者：Jessica.Wu
Mark21 hours ago
It's amazing just how far, and quickly, China has come over the last 40 years. They are a force to be reckoned with, that is for sure.
stme6 hours ago
Cool pictures .
Space exploration is the dream of mankind , good to see China in effort to bring that dream closer ..
Bryant6 hours ago
China does outnumber us 4 to one I think so it would make sense that they have more opportunity to create a higher number of smart humans. A 300% increase in chance if you think about it.
Ed11 hours ago
Wow, the moon is the same color as Earth's deserts, amazing.
Big deal. China is decades away from rivaling the US in space.
Dianna1 hour ago
While America is fighting over a 13th century wall, China is discovering the dark side of the moon. Wow.
spacey23 hours ago
What I want to know is when is China going to declare their indisputable absolute sovereignty over the entire dark side of the Moon and all the less illuminated locations on the visible side.
snoopy39 minutes ago
Hopefully China is smart enough to build a base on the moon, because we seem to have lost the will. I guess we'll have to learn Chinese in order to make it past the moon with manned missions.
stme6 hours ago
There Are Plants and Animals on the Moon Now (Because of China)
Plan 9 From Pelosi Face52 minutes ago
Columbus discovered the Americas using Chinese maps.
Whatever12 hours ago
I used to go out with a chinese moon goddess.
antonio1 hour ago
Wait I see a Walmart
Jason14 hours ago
After all our efforts in moon landings not to contaminate the moon, China did exactly that, deposit organic material on the moon.
Objective Observer2 minutes ago
Meanwhile, a satellite the US launched in the 1970s is still operating, sending back data, and in for interstellar space.
b1 hour ago
Don't worry we will have Space Farce. It will be the best space program ever!!
MarkM30 minutes ago
Now if they would have done it 60 years ago when we had low level integrated circuits and transistors it would be something to rave about. The compute power today makes tasks like this simple although costly.
Precious53 minutes ago
The U.S. has a rover on Mars but I guess this is more interesting to "journalists."
joe20 minutes ago
I remember not long ago China asked to join the ISS. It was blocked by the USA. No problem, they just went ahead and created CSS. They wanted to use GPS. Blocked again. No problem. They created Beidou. Nothing can stop the rise of China.
sleepy15 hours ago
Now I know why japan conquered China during ww2 they are afraid of Chinese people because Chinese are intelligent but during Qing dynasty people were naive and corrupted now the sleeping elephant had woken and ready to take on anything that stand on their way.
M1 hour ago
Sooooo, when will they land a human on the moon? a half century after Americans did?? wow, so proud of them. Maybe they can steal plans for the Saturn 5 launchers
Hey16 hours ago
if you look closely theres a Verizon store and a dunking donuts in the background.
The rover loudly emitted a lot of pollution。
Jenni11 hours ago
Gee, no stars visible in the photos. Their mission must be fake too. :-/
Let It Ride1 hour ago
I'll bet they stole that tech. from us too.
Narizon16 hours ago
Nice picture of a desert somewhere in Indonesia.
lon29 minutes ago
maybe tjhis will push NASA to do something !!!
wayne5 minutes ago
Big D's in your mouth is bad for your health33 minutes ago
fake and ghey....like their "top gun" jet show