A Chinese rover and lander have taken images of each other on the Moon’s surface. The Chinese space agency says the spacecraft are in good working order after touching down on the lunar far side on 3 January. Also released are new panoramic images of the landing site, along with video of the vehicles touching down.
The rover and lander are carrying instruments to analyse the unexplored regions geology. The rover has just awoken from a period on “standby”.
Controllers placed it in this mode shortly after the touchdown as a precaution against high temperatures, as the Sun rose to its highest point over the landing site.
Those temperatures were expected to reach around 200C. But the Chinese Lunar Exploration Program (CLEP) said that as of the morning of 11 January, the Yutu 2 rover, its lander and the relay satellite were all in a “stable condition”.
The Change-4 mission was the first such attempt to touch down on the side of the Moon that we dont see.