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Chinese lunar probe Chang-e-4 wakes up after first lunar night |

BEIJING, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) – The exploration and landing module of the Chang & e 39 spacecraft was awakened by sunlight after a long "sleep" during the first extremely cold night of the moon. the National Space Administration of China said on Thursday.

The landing module woke at 8:39 p.m. on Wednesday and exploration module Yutu-2 (Jade Rabbit-2) did so at around 8 pm Tuesday after passing its first lunar night. After the first soft landing of history on the hidden side of the Moon, the administration exposed.

The Chinese probe was launched on December 8, 2018 and landed at the Von Karman crater at the Lunar-South Pole of Aitken on January 3.

A lunar day is equal to 14 on Earth and the night on the satellite has the same duration. Chang-e-4 probe went into idle mode on lunar night due to lack of solar energy.

Both the probe and the scanner module automatically exited this way, depending on the angle of elevation of the sunlight. The main instruments of the probe began to function.

Currently, the rover is located about 18 meters northwest of the lander. Communications and data transmission between the ground control and the probe, through the Queqiao transmission satellite (bridge of magpies), are stable, said the administration.

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