Chinese lunar rover mission "Chang'e-4" has awakened after the third lunar night

Chinese rover "Yuytu 2" Space Mission "Chang'e 4", and the lander on which it has landed in the crater Von Karman on the back side of the earth satellite, over the weekend back into operation, coming from hibernation after the third moonlight night . Both devices are ready to start the fourth lunar day, according to Space.com portal.

Chinese lunar rover mission

The two robotic device was placed in a sleep mode on March 13, following the occurrence of a moonlit night, whose duration is two weeks on the satellite of our planet. Thus, for both devices - rover and lander - beginning of the fourth lunar day from the date of their lunar landing January 2, 2019.

By the end of the third day of the total distance covered Lunokhod "Yuytu-2" on the surface of the satellite next to a giant crater Von Karman was 163 meters. It is noted that the work of the unit is designed for only three of the lunar day. However, as in the case of some spacecraft the US space agency NASA, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) would like to see their device could also last longer than planned. Recall that the first lunar rover "Yuytu" (in Chinese - "Jade Hare") sent to the satellite Earth December 1, 2013 and prilunivshiysya December 14, 2013, could serve only two lunar days and one moonlit night, then lost the opportunity move.

Chinese lunar rover mission

The Chinese space agency has published this image surface side of the moon March 30 2019

Representatives of the Chinese lunar research program, which oversees the mission of "Chang'e-4" has not yet provided information about what scientific tasks will deal with "Yuytu-2" and the lander during their fourth lunar day. In general, the mission aims to study differences in the environment on the back side of the moon, and one that is constantly turned towards our planet.

During the mission, "Chang'e-4" conducted a biological experiment. In a special container which is placed inside the lander, there was a whole mini-biosphere, which were placed various samples of biological life (cotton seed, rapeseed, potato, Arabidopsis, the larvae of the fruit fly (drozofilly), silkworm and yeast. The time required for growth of biological samples natural sunlight was supplied through the existing container on the transparent windows. it was reported that within the container could bark is one cotton seed sprout. But he lived only for one lunar day c. The fate of the other biological samples have not been announced, but most likely, they suffered the same fate.

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