Space­craft es­tab­lishes moon link

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A Chi­nese space­craft and rover have pow­ered up their ob­ser­va­tion equip­ment af­ter mak­ing a first-ever land­ing on the far side of the moon, the Chi­nese Na­tional Space Ad­min­is­tra­tion said.

The Jade Rab­bit 2 rover has suc­ceeded in es­tab­lish­ing a dig­i­tal trans­mis­sion link with a re­lay satel­lite that sends data back to the Beijing con­trol cen­tre, the space agency said in a post­ing on its web­site.

The rover’s radar and panoramic cam­era have been ac­ti­vated and are work­ing nor­mally, it said.

A photo re­leased by the agency showed the rover stopped at a point not far from where the Chang’e 4 space­craft touched down on Thurs­day.

Chang’e 4, named af­ter a Chi­nese moon god­dess, is the first craft to make a soft land­ing on the moon’s far side, which faces away from Earth.

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