China declares Chang'e-4 probe complete success

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Added On January 12, 2019

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China has announced that the Chang'e-4 mission, which realized the first-ever soft-landing on the far side of the moon, is a complete success.
 
With the assistance of the relay satellite Queqiao, the rover Yutu-2 and the lander of the Chang'e-4 probe took photos of each other. 
 
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According to the China National Space Administration (CNSA), the scientific instruments aboard the probe worked well, and the images taken by the probe and the detection data have been sent back to ground control. 
   
At 4:47 p.m. Beijing Time on Friday, the images of the lander and the rover appeared on a large screen at the Beijing Aerospace Control Center.
 
It showed the Chinese national flag on both the lander and the rover with the desolate landscape dotted with craters on the far side of the moon as the background.
   
Chang'e-4 probe touched down at the preselected landing area on Jan. 3, and the rover drove onto the lunar surface late that night.
 
CNSA also unveiled several images taken by the Chang'e-4 probe transmitted back via the relay satellite Queqiao. 
 
Images sent back from China's Chang'e-4 show that the first-ever probe to soft-land on moon's far side is surrounded by lots of craters of different sizes, which pose a great challenge for future exploration of the lunar rover Yutu-2. 
 
Named after Chinese moon goddess "Chang'e," China's lunar exploration program, which began in 2004, includes orbiting and landing on the moon and bringing samples back to Earth. 
   
The program has achieved five continuous successes.