Chi­nese rover to mea­sure moon temp

Deccan Chronicle - - World -

Bei­jing: China’s Chang’e-4 lu­nar rover, which is ex­plor­ing the dark side of the moon, will mea­sure the freez­ing night tem­per­a­ture, sci­en­tists said on Sun­day. Chang’e-4, com­pris­ing a lan­der and a rover, touched down on the dark side of the moon on Jan­uary 3, the firstever soft land­ing on the far side of the moon by any coun­try. It was a gi­ant leap for cos­mic ex­plo­ration and a ma­jor boost to the na­tion’s quest to be­come a space su­per­power. Since the moon’s rev­o­lu­tion cy­cle is the same as its ro­ta­tion cy­cle, the same side al­ways faces the Earth. The other face, most of which can­not be seen from the Earth, is called the far side or the “dark side” of moon, be­cause most of it is un­charted.

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