Published: Fri, August 17, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

Chinese rover set to range over far side of Moon

Chinese rover set to range over far side of Moon

Images displayed at Wednesday's press conference showed the rover was a rectangular box with two foldable solar panels and six wheels.

In Weiren, chief designer of the lunar probe program in China, said that the apparatus as a whole replicates the look of its predecessor, the lunar Rover "WiTu", which was delivered to the surface of the natural satellite of Earth with the help of apparatus "Chang'e-3" 14 Dec 2013, and in January of next year due to a faulty "transferred to sleep mode".

In May, China took the first step of this mission with the launch of a satellite to facilitate communications between the Moon and control centres on Earth.

Winners will be rewarded at most 3,000 yuan and invited to watch the lunar probe launch. That rover ran out of steam in August of 2016, and the model that will be flying to the dark side is built largely of backup parts from the Chang'e 3 mission. The craft will carry both a rover and a stationary lander, which should function for about three months and a year respectively. The first is to improve our understanding of the Moon's violent history by studying its oldest rocks.

Once an immortal in heaven, Zhu was turned into a half-man, half-pig monster as punishment for his drunken flirtation with Chang'e - the moon goddess whose name is now synonymous with China's lunar program.

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China was late to the space race - it didn't send its first satellite into space until 1970, after the U.S. put the first man on the moon.

China's space agency is shooting for the stars.

China's most publicized space missions thus far have been exclusively scientific in their aims, but western governments have always seen the country's space ambitions as a potential military threat. This, no country has ever accomplished, according to media reports.

While Beijing is careful to stress its "peaceful motives" in exploring space, the US views China - along with Russian Federation - as a potential threat, prompting US President Donald Trump to call for the establishment of a "space force" by 2020.

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