As of May 17, the lunar rover Yutu-2, or Jade Rabbit-2, had worked on the far side of the moon for 500 Earth days since Chang’e-4 probe made the first-ever soft landing on the far side of the moon on January 3, 2019.
Collaboration is an important feature of China’s space exploration efforts, said an executive with the China Lunar Exploration and Space Program Center of the CNSA, praising the country’s scientific teams for their unity and teamwork in space exploration projects.
The infrared imaging spectrometeron the lunar rover will detect certain areas of a depression on the moon after the communication facilities are rebooted, according to the flight control team of the Chang’e-4 mission, which disclosed that scientists found a small depression located three meters southwest of Yutu-2 based on information collected from the panorama camera on the rover during the 17th lunar day.
The depression has a diameter of about 1.3 meters and a depth of no more than 20 centimeters, and it seems that some reflective substance in the central and southeastern areas of the depression gives the areas a distinctive luminance that sets them apart from the lunar soil of the surrounding areas, said the flight control team.
Lunar rover Yutu-2 works on the surface of the moon. (Photo/Courtesy of WeChat account of Chinese lunar exploration project)