Run, rabbit, run! China releases 308lb rover named Jade Rabbit 2 to trundle across the far side of the moon at a maximum speed of 220 yards per hour carrying out mineral, biological and radiation tests as it prepares to build a 'lunar base'
A Chinese rover is making its tracks on the soft surface of the 'dark' side of the moon after touching down on our nearest celestial neighbour.
The Yutu-2 - or Jade Rabbit 2 - rover drove off its lander's ramp and onto the exterior of the moon's far side at 10:22pm Beijing time (2:22 pm GMT) on Thursday, about 12 hours after the Chinese spacecraft carrying it came to rest.
China's space agency later posted a photos online, revealing lunar rover several yards away from the spacecraft.
The tracks it makes on the surface of the moon will be forever immotalised and will never be lost as there is no wind on the moon due to its lack of an atmosphere.
By 5pm Beijing time (9am GMT) the three 15-foot long antennaes on Chang'e-4 had also been fully unfurled to enable the low-frequency radio spectrometre to begin work.
The rover which is currently meandering around the moon on six independently controlled wheels, has also established a robust connection with its relay satellite, Queqiao.
Yutu-2 has already completed environmental perception, route planning, walking to where it is pictured currently and starting its scientific operations.
Chinese state media also reports that the cameras on the machine have been turned on and are working normally.
Other equipment will be turned on one by one, according to the Chinese space agency CNSA.
Yutu-2 is expected to go into standby mode - 'nap mode' in Chinese - once these tests are complete. Experts hope it will reactivate on January 10 and resume normal functioning, according to China Central Television, although that is not guaranteed.
Jade Rabbit 2 weighs 308lbs (139kg) and has six individually powered wheels so it can continue to operate even if one wheel fails.
It can climb a 20-degree hill or an obstacle up to eight inches (20cm) tall and its maximum speed is said to be 220 yards (200 metres) per hour.
The pioneering rover is five feet (1.5 metres) long and about 3 feet (one metre) wide and tall, with two foldable solar panels and six wheels.
Yutu-2 and its accompanying lander will carry out mineral, biological and radiation tests ahead of a future base that China hopes to build on the moon.
译文来源：三泰虎 http://www.santaihu.com/46827.html 译者：Jessica.Wu
Salty26, Sunny Coast, Australia, 1 hour ago
When are they going to start mining aw there already are ,well done I guess they own it too.
fount-of-all-wisdom, luton, United Kingdom, 4 hours ago
Great idea to seed life on the Moon. Good luck to the silkworms.
geezabrekman, Hamburger Hill, Vietnam, 5 hours ago
Why didn't they send a manned flight up ?.....oh, wait a minute......
American in UK, Grantham, United Kingdom, 5 hours ago
The public will believe anything......as long as it is on TV
onlyme, london, United Kingdom, 7 hours ago
good for china ..the more countrys get into space the harder it will be to keep hiding things from us..the USA has had a monopoly on space for to long and i cant help thinking they are holding back on what they tell us.but a little competition is good for humanity..
robesac, Thornaby on Tees, United Kingdom, 11 hours ago
That's one hell of a clever rover if it's going to build a base.
imajudge, pacify, United Kingdom, 12 hours ago
They're showing simulated photos , So the same old CGI cheap then lol.
FlatEarthTruth, London, United Kingdom, 6 hours ago
I would Realist, but its very obvious it's as futile as trying to teach a sheep to knit.
ReFootball, Amberg, Germany, 14 hours ago
To top this one, USA are going to do moon landing 2.0
compaid, warrington, 17 hours ago
design copied from Uk?
shrinkydoo, The Metropolis, United Kingdom, 18 hours ago
fa fah fa fuh fa f fake FAKE
Exukgooner, Nz, 19 hours ago
The photos aren't very clear. I would have thought in 2019 we could get some really clear images.
Bitten1, Salisbury, United Kingdom, 22 hours ago
Wouldn't it be great if it found the first moon landing material in order to prove all those doubters wrong
Larry Longlegs, Singapore, Singapore, 1 day ago
Can't wait for Trump to call for a space wall!
Lars Gonaards, Chester, United Kingdom, 1 day ago
Faked in a warehouse just outside Xi'an.
Lars Gonaards, Chester, United Kingdom, 1 day ago
NASA will have to apply for a visa to visit soon.
zopla, Rome, Italy, 1 day ago
Will be a red flag flying over parliament by 2050
jimboxl5, Manchester, United Kingdom, 1 day ago
So the lunar Rover is leaving tracks. How come the Apollo lander didn't blow dust up when it took off, or landed?
Gwaz, Toronto, Canada, 1 day ago
Everybody together now, say it is fake news because it is Chinese. Or stolen technology. Somethings we must admire in 45 years where China was and where they are now it is amazing.
Neri-Oxman-is-dorky6, Londonistan, United Kingdom, 1 day ago
Why has it got solar panels if it's on the dark side?
blaven, Bristol, United Kingdom, 14 hours ago
There is no "dark side". Both sides of the moon have night and day, just as Earth does.
Braeburn, A Surrey Village, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
The CNSA logo seen in the corner of some images bears a striking resemblance to that used for Star Trek Federation.
Jetty, London, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
Why are the images so bad? An image by my mobile phone would be completely crisp???????
Tantalum, Somewhere, United Kingdom, 1 day ago
How come every photo of the moon landings show the landscape as GREY?
Rarkar, Winchester, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
In 12 months the moon will be full of them.
Echorock, Bristol, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
They should be spending the money cleaning up the mess and pollution they have made of this earth before they go off contaminating another nice clean place.
Simplicissimus, Merman Town, Pitcairn, 2 days ago
Utterly pointless waste of money. China is only doing this to show off and pretend it is a high-tech developed nation
malkem, tring, 2 days ago
Why do you think they landed on far side ? So we cant see what they are doing ??
skyguy, Wallasey, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
You couldn't see what they were doing on the nearside either so what's the difference?
iwgw, Seattle, United States, 2 days ago
Just look at all the intelligent comments from these envious westerners. It's no wonder China is pulling ahead.