China's Chang'e-4 probe resumes work for 23rd lunar day

The lander and rover of the Chang'e-4 probe have resumed work for the 23rd lunar day on the far side of the moon.

Image credit: CNSA

The purple circle area is the closest impact crater with brighter reflectivity, the red circle is the location of the rock block, and the white line is the planned driving path


The lander woke up at 11:56 a.m. Sunday, Beijing Time, and the rover Yutu-2, or Jade Rabbit-2, woke up at 6:57 p.m. Saturday, said sources with the Lunar Exploration and Space Program Center of the China National Space Administration.


A lunar day is equal to 14 days on Earth, and a lunar night is of the same length. The solar-powered probe switches to dormant mode during the lunar night.


Landing on the moon on Jan. 3, 2019, the Chang'e-4 probe has survived about 647 Earth days on the moon.


During the 23rd lunar day, Yutu-2 will move northwest toward the basalt area or the impact craters with high reflectivity. It will also use an infrared imaging spectrometer onboard to carry out the scientific detection of a lunar rock, which has a diameter of 30 cm, according to the center.


The rover has far exceeded its three-month design lifespan, becoming the longest-working lunar rover on the moon.


Source: Xinhua