Chinese language spacecraft makes first touchdown on moon's far facet - Eire

Yutu 2 leaving track marks as it begins to explore the surface of the far side of the moon

Yutu 2 leaving track marks as it begins to explore the surface of the far side of the moon

Launched on Dec 8 past year, the Chang'e-4 lunar probe, comprising the lander and the rover, landed on the far side of the Moon on Thursday morning.

China has released photos of its lunar rover leaving track marks on the far side of the moon after the country's historic landing.

"We are pleased that the power equipment of the Chang'e-4 mission is supplied by radioisotope sources of electricity produced in Russian Federation", he said.

"Lunar rover Yutu-2 or Jade Rabbit-2, left the first-ever "footprint" from a human spacecraft on the far side of the moon late at night on Thursday, after it separated from the lander smoothly", state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

The CNSA said that Yutu is a symbol of kindness, purity, and agility, and is identical to the moon rover in both outlook and connotation.

"We hope Yutu-2 can make its exploration with no fear and have a more stable, wide and long journey", said the CNSA in a statement.

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The first photos from the landing, shared by the China National Space Administration on Thursday, show the first close-ups of the far side of the moon's cratered surface. Although United States, Soviet Union and China itself have sent spacecraft to the near side of the moon or the side directly visible from Earth, no lander or rover has ever touched the other side. Chinese state television talked about a historic day.

It is the second Chinese probe to land on the moon, following the Yutu (Jade Rabbit) rover mission in 2013.

The landing highlights China's growing ambitions as a space power.

The Chang'e-4 probe which has already sent back its first close-up pictures from the surface is carrying instruments to analyse the unexplored region's geology and will conduct biological experiments.

Exploring the cosmos from the far side of the moon could eventually help scientists learn more about the early days of the solar system and even the birth of the universe's first stars. It is popularly called the "dark side" because it can't be seen from Earth and is relatively unknown, not because it lacks sunlight.

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