The Chinese mission of the Moon achieves a new achievement and...

The Chinese mission of the Moon achieves a new achievement and...
The Chinese mission of the Moon achieves a new achievement and...

The Chinese spacecraft Chang’e 4 woke up for another lunar day on the other side of the moon, while the mission on Earth received a prestigious international award for its achievements, the mission continues its work for the twenty-third lunar day, which consists of a lander and a rover, and managed to achieve the first landing Ever seen on the far side of the moon on January 3, 2019.

According to Space, since then, the two robots have lasted 648 days, returned packets of scientific data and images from the Von Karman Crater crater, and entered the probe and lander in hibernation during nearly 14 lunar nights each term, as no sunlight reached To it at this time.

Also, in recognition of the mission’s achievements in exploration and science, the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) chose to present the International Space Award to three of the Chang’e 4 leaders.

The award is generally given in recognition of outstanding contributions to space science, space technology, space medicine, space law, or space management.

Yu Dengyun, Sun Zezhou and Wu Weiren were each recipient of the award. Yu, vice president of the Chinese Lunar Exploration Program, delivered a prominent lecture at the 71st International Astronautics Conference 2020 to celebrate the award, and the annual online event was held due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yu’s talk highlighted a number of achievements that made the mission possible, among them showing the first continuous and reliable contact with the far side of the moon through the Kuikiao satellite, which orbits around a special gravitational point behind the moon, through which it maintains a constant line of sight with Both earth stations on Earth and spacecraft are on the far side of the moon, enabling communications.

The other major challenge of the Chang’e 4 mission was to develop high-precision self-landing capability in complex terrain on the far side of the Moon.

Notably, the available landing area for Chang’e 4 was only 5% of the previous mission Chang’e 3, which landed on the near side in 2013.

Yu also highlighted the achievements in ground control, Longjiang-2 launch systems and small satellites, whose tasks included the use of autonomous propulsion to enter the lunar orbit, and Yu also revealed that the first radioisotope thermoelectric generator developed in China was used in the mission and performed well.

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