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Chinese space agency releases first 360-degree image of the far side of the Moon



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11 January 2019 21:17:07

The Chinese national space agency has released the first panoramic images of the far side of the Moon from the historic landing at the beginning of this month.

Key points:

  • The Chang & 4 probe performed the first soft landing on the far side of the Moon last week
  • The first panoramic images of the landing site describe the gray lunar landscape [1
    9659007ThemissionwillinvestigatethepotentialoftheMoontosupportfuturespacetravelers

The Chang & 4 probe and successfully performed the first soft landing on the far side of the Moon on January 3rd.

The lander succeeded in his first task of deploying his rover – called Yutu-2 – which began to explore the crater of the Moon's Von Karman.

Last week's lunar probe transmitted the first images of its exploration on the other side, and the Chinese National Space Administration (CNSA) has now released the first panoramic shot of its landing site.

The 360-degree picture (19659010) In a statement released on its website, the CNSA said the researchers completed the preliminary analysis of the lunar surface topography around the landing site.

It is the first time that a soft landing has been performed on the far side of the Moon – also known as the dark side because it faces the Earth and remains relatively unknown – due to signals of forwarding challenges.

Some of the experiments on board will explore the potential of the Moon to support future space travelers

One of these experiments is a biosphere project, which includes silkworm eggs, cress seeds and potato seeds.

If it goes flat, the ecosystem would be self-sufficient, with silkworms germinating potatoes and blowing up caterpillars.

These in turn will produce carbon dioxide, helping plants grow as a source of food.

Because the far side is far from the Earth, it is also protected from radio transmissions – making it the perfect place from which to study the universe.

The mission is part of the ambitious Chinese drive to explore the Moon's resources and its potential as a space base.

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