Top right: The image captured by NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter depicting the landing site of the Chinese mission Chang 4 at the far side of the Moon. The photo was taken before Chang's landing on January 4th. Chang # 4 took the photo of the descent to the left and the image from the surface at the bottom right.
Credit: NASA / GSFC / Arizona State University / CNSA / CLEP
Researchers used photographs captured by the NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) to further determine the landing location of the Chang & ee 4 Chinese mission.
Viewing the lawfully released Changes # 4 downshots allowed scientists to find the exact landing site at the narrow angle of the camera taken by Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera or LROC. This painting was received before Chang & # 39; s landing 4, explained LROC chief analyst Mark Robinson, headquartered at Arizona State University in Tempe.
The LROC system is a system of three cameras mounted on LRO that capture high-resolution black and white images and multispectral images of the mid-spectrum of the moon surface. [Photos from the Moon’s Far Side! China’s Chang’e 4 Lunar Landing in Pictures]
The double landing duel Chang 4 was safely dropped on the plans of King Von Kármán on the night of January 2. Soon after, the color image of the mission's immediate surroundings was transferred back to Earth.
Robinson said that a prominent crater 25 meters in front of the intersection is seen in the LROC view. You can explore more areas around the Chang & # 39; landing spot through the LROC zoom mode.
At the end of the month, LRO will be overtaken by Von Karman and can provide ground and rover pictures that have been named Yutu 2. (Original Yutu was a rover on Chang's Chinese mission 3, which landed on a monthbook in December 2013. You can see side by side comparison photos from Chang & amp; Chang 3 & amp; Chang & amp; e 4.
Plans for the future
Meanwhile, China's Chief Space Expert announced that China plans to deepen its monthly exploration plans, including the establishment of a scientific research station in the southern polar region of the Moon.
Wu Weiren, a Chinese Academy of Engineering academician and chief designer of the Chinese Lunar Research, told China's state-owned intelligence service Xinhua that the country's current lunar program includes three phases: orbiting, landing, and returning.
The first two phases have been completed and the next step is to run the Chang & amp; 5 probe to collect about 4 pounds. (2 kilograms) of the moon samples and bring them back to Earth, Wu said.
"We are discussing and developing a plan for the fourth phase of the lunar exploration program, including missions to the polar regions of the Moon," said Xuhua Wu.
Some places on the south pole of the moon receive sunlight for more than 180 consecutive days. The floors of some polar craters are never exposed to sunlight and may contain frozen water, scientists say.
"We hope to build a science station in the southern polar area of the Moon, which would be run automatically and people would be visited for a short time," Wu said.
According to Xinhua, for 2030, a heavy-duty 4,000-tonne (4,000 metric tons) and a 33-meter (10-meter) rocket launcher. This would help realize the objective of the Mars sample back on Earth and send the Chinese astronauts to the Moon.
Leonard David is the author of the forthcoming "Moon Rush: The New Space Race," published by National Geographic in May 2019. David's SPACE.com writer, David, has been reporting on the space industry for more than five decades. Follow us @Spacedotcom or Facebook. This version of the story was published on Space.com.