China celebrated the "total success " of its historical mission in Hidden Face of the Moon, but he warned that remote control robot deployed on the lunar surface must move through a very rugged terrain.
The catheter Chang-e-4 achieved on January 3 first landing on the moon of history on this hemisphere of the Moon which is permanently back to earth. It is a crucial stage of the ambitious Chinese space program.
A remote control vehicle, the Yutu-2 ("Jade Rabbit 2"), left the probe a few hours after landing on the moon and is on the lunar surface for analysis purposes.
The Chang-e-4 probe He took a photo published on Friday by the National Space Administration of China (CNSA). The panoramic 360-degree image shows a gray lunar surface, the robot and the marks left by its wheels.
"You can see that the probe is surrounded by a plethora of small craters," said Li Chunlai, commander in chief of the Chang'e-4 mission field application system, quoted by the official Xinhua news agency.
The probe landed in a region of the south pole of the moon, the Von Karman crater, located in the Aitken basin, the largest impact crater in the solar system.
The craters near the robot – one of them 20 meters wide and four meters deep – will be a challenge for the engineers in charge of preparing their route, Li said.
The CNSA described the first part of the mission as a "total success" after the probe and robot sent two photos through the Queqiao satellite, which is responsible for forwarding the information to Earth.
The mission will now "address the stage of scientific exploration," the CNSA said in a statement.
Chang-e-4 is expected to conduct studies on the lunar environment, cosmic radiation and the interaction between the solar wind and the moon's surface, Zhang Hongbo, chief engineer of the application system in the country, told CCTV. ground
Scientists believe the hidden face of the moon is a crucial area to learn more about the inner structure and evolution of moon temperatures.