One year ago, on January 2, 2019, China made an historic moment by becoming the first country to land on the so-called dark side of the moon. Since then, we have seen great achievements, such as getting a seed to germinate for the first time on another world.
To celebrate this and in the face of new missions, China released new high definition scientific data and images collected over a period of 12 lunar days, that is, most of the past year.
Many photos that take into account a period of 12 lunar days
According to the information The Chang’e 4 spacecraft landed in the basin of the Aitken South Pole in the southern hemisphere on the hidden side of the moon, In this way, both the landing module and the rover were able to collect the best in-situ data from this previously unexplored lunar region, including radar and radiation measurements of the surroundings, with unreached data today.
For those interested, all scientific data from these measurements They are available to everyone free of charge and can be downloaded from the Chang’e 4 program website that are split between what the rover has collected and what the landing module has achieved.
Since landing The Yutu 2 rover drove a little over 350 meters above the surface of the moon, study the rock formations and take additional photos. The spacecraft, which weighs more than 1.2 tons, was able to acquire data and images thanks to its five scientific sensors.
Additional images were obtained thanks to the landing module, which had the so-called Terrain Camera (TCAM), an excellent tool for photographing its surroundings. The lens and the sensor made it possible to take sharp pictures with good color balance, were located on the top of the landing module and could be rotated 360 degrees. A pity TCAM collapsed at the end of the first day of the moon, although he managed to send the first detailed photos of this region from Luna.
All photos are in their original and unprocessed format. Fortunately, the Twitter user is known as space techniques. He turns the camera images into PNG files and then uploaded them up a folder in Google Drive so everyone can download and view them.
After the success of this mission, China already has plans to launch the mission Chang’e 5 later this year. This robot mission would be the most complex ever Return to Earth up to two kilograms of lunar regolith,
The first plans include a launch on a Long March 5 rocket later this year. If China succeeds, it would be the first lunar samples since then the Soviet mission “Luna 24” from 1976.