The launch mission, Chang’e-4 was originally planned for 2015
Chinese spacecraft for the first ever landing on the opposite side of the moon “Chang’e-4” was released into orbit. Will be elected soon and time to plant the probe. It is reported by UNN with reference to the National space administration of China (CNSA).
“The probe went into elliptical lunar orbit with perilune about 15 km and apolune about 100 km in 8:55 Beijing time”, – is reported on the CNSA website.
Since then, as 12 December, Chang’e-4 reached the lunar orbit, a ground control center in Beijing double-cut orbit of the probe and checked the communication line between the probe and the relay satellite Queqiao. Space engineers also checked out the photography tools and rangefinders on the probe to prepare for landing.
According to CNSA, the control center will soon choose the right time for landing a probe on the far side of the moon.
Help UNN: the Chang’e-4 is a Chinese mission to study the moon, including the second Chinese lunar Rover and the fourth Chinese satellite probing of the moon. The mission consists of an Orbiter, a Rover and return platform. “Chang’e-4” contains the second Chinese Rover for lunar exploration. The design of the device is similar to the mission “Chang’e-3”. As in the previous three missions and the fourth mission named after the Chinese goddess of the moon Chang’e.
The launch mission, Chang’e-4 was originally scheduled for 2015, as part of the second phase of the Chinese program of research of the moon, however, align objectives and design of the mission, caused a delay until December 2018. This mission will attempt to determine the age and composition of the unexplored areas of the moon and create technology for the next stages of the research program.
The probe Chang’e-4, including the lander and the Rover, was launched a carrier rocket Long March-3B on December 8 from the center of the satellite launch from Xichang in the southwestern province of Sichuan China.
The Chinese research program of the moon first began to attract private investment from individuals and legal entities, a move aimed at accelerating aerospace innovations, reducing the cost of manufacture and support for civil-military relations. After the mission Chang’e-4, China will carry out a series of other robotic missions to the moon, to landing a manned spacecraft on the moon in the early 2030’s.