The fuel quest that could be driving China’s mission to the moon

  • The fuel quest that could be driving China’s mission to the moon

The fuel quest that could be driving China’s mission to the moon

China's far-side moon rover is already busy exploring its exotic new home.

The rover, which weighs around 300 pounds, will explore the surrounding area of the far side of the moon, never before traversed.

The craft's rover, called Yutu 2, has started to make its way across the lunar surface.

China's lunar rover drives smoothly on moon's far side By Xinhua Saturday, January 05, 2019, 11:35 By Xinhua Photo provided by the China National Space Administration on Jan 4, 2019 shows image of Yutu-2, China's lunar rover, at preset location A on the surface of the far side of the moon.

Beijing is planning to send another lunar lander, Chang'e-5, later this year to collect samples and bring them back to Earth.

He posted: "Congratulations to China's Chang'e-4 team for what appears to be a successful landing on the far side of the Moon".

Yutu 2 (also called Jade Rabbit 2) rolled off a ramp connected to the lander and began making tracks on the moon's soft soil surface at 10.22 p.m. Beijing time, about 12 hours after Chang'e 4 landed.

During the final round, Yutu-2 stood out from nine other names in online voting and a special committee discussion.

The rover's radar and panoramic camera have also been activated and are working normally.

"Although this was one small step for the rover, I think it is one big step for the Chinese people", he said in an interview with state broadcaster CCTV, echoing the famous quote by USA astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the Moon in 1969. Both China's space community and public have taken pride in the accomplishment, with some drawing comparisons to the United States.

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The Chang'e-4 lunar probe was launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China on December 8, 2018, and entered orbit around the Moon five days later.