Chinese lunar probe snaps breathtaking panoramic PHOTOS of Moon’s far side

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CNSA said the Chang'e 4, the Yutu No. 2 patrol, and the "Yuqiao" relay star were reported to be in stable condition, after they safely landed on the far side of the moon on January 3.

The landing of Chang'e-4 probe on the far side of the moon is widely considered a giant leap and many believe that the Asian country is all set to beat the United States in the space race.

Photos of the lander and rover were sent back on Friday marking the success of the Chang'e-4 mission. The machines took each other's portraits.

A Chinese lunar probe, which landed on the far side of the Moon earlier in January this year, has sent first panoramic image of the Moon's dark side. The rover is powered by solar panels. The rover is visible with its tracks leading away towards the bottom.

The panorama also shows the edges of some of the science instruments onboard the Chang'e 4 lander itself.

Spacecraft have taken photos of the moon's far side, but no landing had ever been attempted there.

At 4:47 p.m. BJT on Friday, the images of the lander and the rover appeared on a large screen at the Beijing Aerospace Control Center, showing 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.

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CLEP said: "The ground receiving image was clear and intact, the Chinese and foreign scientific loads were working normally, and the detection data was valid". In a press release, CNSA said their Chang'e 4 mission was a success, and thanked "significant worldwide cooperation", for their major space milestone.

An image of the Yutu 2 rover taken by the Chang'e lander.

"The information from the depths of the moon will be one of our focuses in the exploration". The Chang'e 4 is shown adjusting its altitude, speed and pitch as it seeks to avoid craters and uneven surfaces before it lands.

Chang'e-4 landed in the Von Karman Crater within the South Pole-Aitken Basin.

"The thicker dust shows that the lunar regolith in the region has undergone longer space weathering, which also gives strong evidence of the region being older".

In contrast with previous images from the landing site, the panoramic image has been colour-corrected by Chinese researchers to better reflect the colours we would see if we were standing there.

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