Chang’e-4 Rover Un­veiled

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Au­gust 15, Bei­jing: An im­age of China’s Chang’e-4 lunar probe rover. China’s moon lander and rover for the Chang’e-4 lunar probe, which is ex­pected to land on the far side of the moon this year, were un­veiled the same day.

Wu Weiren, chief de­signer of China’s lunar probe pro­gram, noted that the Chang’e-4 rover largely kept the shape and con­di­tions of its pre­de­ces­sor, the Yutu (Jade Rab­bit), China’s first lunar rover for the 2013 Chang’e-3 lunar probe. How­ever, it also has adapt­able parts and an ad­justable pay­load con­fig­u­ra­tion to deal with the com­plex ter­rain on the far side of the moon, the de­mand of re­lay com­mu­ni­ca­tion and the ac­tual needs to com­plete sci­en­tific ob­jec­tives, ac­cord­ing to space sci­en­tists.

The Chang’e-4 lunar probe will land in the Aitken Basin in the lunar south pole re­gion on the far side of the moon—a hot spot for sci­en­tific and space ex­plo­ration.


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