China’s Chang’e 4 Goes on Dormant Mode on the Far Side of the Moon ​​

China’s Chang’e 4 probe alongside the lander and the rover, known as Yutu 2, or Jade Rabbit 2, have gone on dormant mode because the lunar night on the far side of the Moon has taken over. The shift to the dormant mode has been made on Tuesday morning (Beijing time).

Chang’e 4 mission’s scientific instruments worked pretty well during the seventh lunar day after the probe performed its first-ever smooth landing on the Moon’s surface. The landing site of Chang’e 4 is the Von Karman Crater in the South Pole – Aitken Basin, on the far east side of the Moon. Chang’e 4 landed on the lunar surface on January the 3rd, according to a report by the Lunar Exploration and Space Program Center of the China National Space Administration.

The last set of scientific data gathered by the probe was sent back to the core research team earlier this month. The team will analyze the 1.2 GB of information.

Chang’e 4 Mission

A lunar day corresponds to 14 days on Earth. The same goes for the lunar night. Chang’e 4 vehicle switched to dormant mode as it entered the lunar night because of the lack of solar power. The Moon’s revolution orbit is the same as its rotation cycle as a consequence of the tidal locking effect. This makes a particular side of the Moon to face Earth always.

Chang’e 4 expedition scientific assignments include low-frequency radio astronomical observation, probing the terrain and the landscapes, finding the mineral composition and the shallow lunar structure, and calculating neutron atoms and neutral atoms.

Chang’e 4’s Yutu 2 rover has surveyed approximately 626 feet (191 meters) of the far side of the Moon as of today, Xinhua states. The expedition is also collecting data about this mysterious territory, via the probe’s Visible and Near-Infrared Imaging Spectrometer (VNIS), Panoramic Camera (PCam), and Lunar Penetrating Radar (LRP) tools.

China’s space vehicles will go through two weeks of an extreme lunar night before they will resume their observations. Chang’e 4 mission embodies China’s target to merge human knowledge in space exploration with four shipments designed by Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Saudi Arabia.

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Meagan Kozlovs is a reporter for Debate Report. She’s worked and interned at Global News Toronto  and CHECX. Megan is based in Toronto and covers issues affecting her city. In addition to her severe milk shake addiction, she’s a Netflix enthusiast, a red wine drinker, and a voracious reader.

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