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More spaceships have been torn down on the nearest side of the moon, which faces the Earth, but this is the first landing ever on the dark side.
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BEIJING – China on Friday transmits images taken by its rover and its lander on the far side of the moon, in what his space program greeted as another triumph for the pioneering mission. Lunar surface area included.

Images on the CCTV broadcaster showed the Jade Rabbit 2 rover and the Chang & # 39; and 4 space shuttle that carried it on the first soft landing on the far side of the moon, which is located always facing away from the Earth.

The images were transmitted from a relay satellite to a control center in Beijing, although it was not immediately clear when they were taken. The officials of the Chinese National Space Administration declared that they had scored a "total success" for the mission in showing the rover to move away from its lander.

The images show a rocky surface with the jagged edge of craters in the background, in a challenge for the controllers in tracking the future journeys of the rover, said the official Xinhua News agency.

Among the images there is a 360-degree panorama stitched together by 80 photos taken by a camera on the lander after he released the rover on the lunar surface, Xinhua said, citing Li Chunlai, deputy director of the China's National Astronomical Observatory and Commander-in-Chief of the Chang & # 39; and 4. Ground Application System

"From the panorama, we can see that the probe is surrounded by a lot of small craters, which was really electrifying, "Li said.

The space administration also released a 12-minute video of Chang's landing and 4 using over 4,700 images taken from a camera boar. The probe is shown by adjusting the altitude, speed and tone while trying to avoid obstacles on the ground.

Researchers hope that the low-frequency observations of the cosmos from the far side of the moon, where radio signals from the Earth are blocked, will help scientists learn more about the early days of the solar system and the birth of the first stars of the # 39; universe.

The farthest side has been observed many times by the lunar orbits, but has never been explored on the surface. It is popularly called the "dark side" because it can not be seen from Earth and is relatively unknown, not because there is no sunlight.

The pioneering landing highlights China's ambitions to compete with the United States, Russia and Europe in space through crewed flights and the planned construction of a permanent space station.

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