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More pictures, videos from far side of the Moon

Posted on Monday, 14 January, 2019 | Comment icon 5 comments

The rover took this shot of the Chang'e lander. Image Credit: CNSA / CLEP
China has released additional photographs and video footage from its groundbreaking Chang'e 4 lunar mission.
Situated within the 2,500km-wide South Pole-Aitken basin, the lander and rover are the first ever to touch down on the unexplored far side of the Moon which always points away from the Earth.

A high-resolution panoramic image of the lander's surroundings can be viewed - here.

Footage taken by the lander during its descent on to the lunar surface can also be viewed below.

"This is a great technological accomplishment as it was out of sight of Earth, so signals are relayed back by their orbiter, and most of the landing was actually done autonomously in difficult terrain," said Professor Andrew Coates of UCL's Mullard Space Science Laboratory.

"The landing was almost vertical because of the surrounding hills."

Source: Spaceflight Now | Comments (5)

Tags: Moon, China

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Ratbiter on 14 January, 2019, 20:53
No expert here just remember there was a lot of controversy when they (man) landed on the moon about the lighting etc.  If this is the dark side of the Moon where is all the light coming from? even while landing the surface below is well lit.  Come put my inquisitive mind to rest.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Bunzilla on 14 January, 2019, 21:33
Simple. Because 'dark side of the moon' is a misnomer. It should be simply 'far side of the moon', since it gets lots of sunlight there as well. One side of the moon is always facing us, and therefore when it is daytime for us, it is light on that far side. How else do you expect solar eclipses to happen?
Comment icon #3 Posted by Ratbiter on 14 January, 2019, 23:00
Okay I win the dimwit of the year award.  
Comment icon #4 Posted by Silver Surfer on 15 January, 2019, 1:19
The dimwit award is still a way way better than receiving the Darwin award!  
Comment icon #5 Posted by MWoo7 on 15 January, 2019, 5:12
Did they bring a mic? Wasn't there some odd sound like something like a beat or bing or such on Apollo mission years ago?   UPDATE: oh ... disappointing .. nothing I guess it was whistle buzzzing and likely radio interference, MY BAD! Oh well. Here comes the nitwit award winner as someone will be mentioning Pink Floyd dark side of the moon or such no doubt.

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