China Unveils Lunar Probe "Chang'e 4" to Explore Far Side of Moon
Beijing: Space agency China has revealed images of the exploration vehicle (lunar probe) with which it hopes to reach the far side of the Moon by the end of this year, a feat no country has ever accomplished, the media reported on Thursday. In December, the vehicle will travel aboard the unmanned lunar probe Chang’e 4, which is expected to land in the Aitken basin on the far side of the Moon, not visible from the Earth, Efe news reported.
The vehicle is similar to Yutu, China’s first lunar rover launched in 2013 along with Chang’e 3, which continues to traverse the visible side of the Moon, according to a report in the China Daily. In a press conference on Wednesday, Wu Weiren, the chief designer of China’s lunar probe programme, said that the new Explorer was more adaptable to complicated terrain than Yutu. The rover was also the lightest of its kind in the world, weighing only 140 kg (309 pounds), much less than its predecessors, he added. (IANS)