Lunokhod has already sent the first photo taken on the surface.
“Moonlight” was held at 10:26 pm Beijing time on January 3 (5:26 Moscow time). The probe was launched on December 8 from the Sichan space center, reached the Moon on December 12, and on December 30 it entered the calculated orbit. 26 days after the start of the mission, the apparatus sat down in the Aitken crater in the South Pole area. Preliminary press conferences, the Chinese side did not hold.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]In the history of the exploration of the moon, humankind opened a new page on Thursday, when the world’s first explorer of the far side of the moon sat down at its destination.[/perfectpullquote]
Since the line-of-sight of the moon-rover is inaccessible, the Queqiao relay satellite is used to communicate with it. The task of Chang’e-4 is to study the reverse side of the moon, including the mineral composition and surface structure, as well as low-frequency radio astronomy observation.
In a special container on board the moonwalker are potato seeds, silkworm eggs and the plant Rezuhovidka Tal. Scientists plan to check whether under such conditions there exists a closed ecosystem in which the larvae will release carbon dioxide and the plants convert it into oxygen.