Spacecraft establishes moon link
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.