China Moon Rover to Continue Exploration of the Moon’s Surface
The first Chinese moon rover continues to patrol explorations in the lunar surface of the moon after taking pictures of the lander for the fifth and last time yesterday. The State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense stated that the images the rover took were transmitted back to Earth after the latest pictures taken were shown for the first time with the Chinese flag on both the moon rover and the lander.
Photo of the lander’s bearing the five star red flag could not be taken during the last photo due the position of the flag that was not facing the camera. On December 15 the moon rover separated from the lander hours after the lunar probe executed a soft landing on the moon’s surface. the rover then proceeded to circle the lander after both machines took pictures of each other, then a four day break in which the rover shut down is subsystems. Then a real time telemetry updates indicated that all subsystems of the lander and rover were working properly. The rover was able to send out more than 500 instructions to the lander in the 24 hours after taking a break.
The rover will survey the geological structure and surface substances of the moon to look of natural resources while the lander will be conducting a in situation exploration of the landing site. The Chang’e-3 mission and the China lunar program is entering a new stage of unmanned automated sampling and return that will include missions from the Chang’e-5 and 6 space missions.