China’s Yutu 2 Rover on the Far Side of the Moon

The Yutu 2 in association with its lander buddy will carry out the very first in-depth scientific investigations on the far side of the Moon.

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China’s Yutu 2 Rover on the Far Side of the Moon
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China’s Yutu 2 Rover on the Far Side of the Moon - Context

Million thanks to the Chinese contraption Yutu 2 (Jade Rabbit), the far side of the Moon now has tracks and marks of the Rover landing.

About the Mission to Moon (far side)

China’s robotic Chang’e 4 lander-rover twin, successfully pulled off the first-ever soft touchdown on the moon’s unexplored far side, completely unknown to humanity. The Rover made a soft touchdown to taste the gray dusty and dirt floor of the 186 km, Von Kármán natural crater. On January 03rd, 2019, China also revealed the contraption named Yutu 2. The lander and first version of the Yutu touched down on the moon's surface in December 2013 (Chang’e 3 mission).

The Yutu 2 in association with its lander buddy will carry out the very first in-depth scientific investigations on the far side of the Moon. These two endeavors have four science technological instruments each, and these instruments will allow or enable the duo to identify and distinguish the Moon’s surface of the Von Kármán crater in great detail. The mission also made a box experiment (growth of the organism in the low-gravity lunar environment) to collect valuable data for the scientific community.

Unfortunately, the duo Lander and the Yutu 2, are unable to send data back to earth, because they are located on the far side of the Moon, technologically making it difficult to relay data back to earth. Due to communication from the far side of the Moon, many of the missions were not entertained by much of space agencies around the world

Highlights of the Yutu 2

  • Yutu 2 follows the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System, the worldwide GPS service established and made available by the People’s Republic of China.
  • Yutu 2 to study the map of the Moon's linear structure.
  • Analyze the surface of the far side of the Moon (Soil, Rock sample for mineral composition).
  • Activation of Radio Telescope to try and listen to possible signals from deep space (if any).