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Chinese Lunar Rover Explores the Far Side of the Moon

565.9 meters is pretty far when you’re rolling along on the moon. China’s Chang’e-4 lunar probe set a milestone wen its lunar rover portion left the lander and left a trail over 560 meters long on the moon’s surface. Here’s more from SlashGear:

The lander was switched to dormant mode at 9:40 PM Friday Beijing time as scheduled, and the rover, known as Yutu-2, was switched into dormant mode at 12 PM Friday. Days are much longer on the Moon; they are equal to 14 days on Earth. A lunar night spans 14 days here on Earth.

The rover and lander are switched to dormant mode during the night due to the lack of solar power. So far, both have survived 660 Earth days on the far side of the moon. Yutu-2 spent its 23rd lunar day traveling northwest toward an area featuring basalt and an impact crater with high reflectivity. During its trip to the crater, the near-infrared spectrometer aboard the rover detected a rock about 30 centimeters in diameter.

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