China's Chang'e-4 probe resumes work for 24th lunar day
Source: China Military Online
By Song Xingguang and An Puzhong
BEIJING, Nov. 13 -- The lander of the Chang'e-4 probe woke up at 3:12 a.m. Tuesday, Beijing Time, and the rover Yutu-2, or Jade Rabbit-2,woke up at 10:17 a.m. Monday, according to the Beijing Aerospace Command and Control Center. Both the lander and rover of the Chang'e-4 probe were wakened up by the light and resumed work for the 24th lunar day on the far side of the moon. The Chang'e-4 probe has survived 677 Earth days on the moon.
Based on data such as the spliced images of the panoramic camera at the detection point, the Yutu-2 lunar rover will continue to drive northwest during the 24th lunar day, targeting the basalt direction or the impact craters with high reflectivity. Yutu-2 will take at least one panoramic photo, and its infrared imaging spectrometer, neutral atom detector and lunar radar will continue to carry out scientific explorations near noon.
As the Yutu-2 lunar rover continues to move northwest, scientists from the core team of the Chang'e-4 use the first-hand data returned to continue to produce scientific results. The scientific team recently published an article in SCI journal, pointing out that the impact during the formation of the South Pole‚ÄďAitken (SPA) basin has likely penetrated the lunar crust and hit deep layers inside the lunar.
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