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China’s Yutu-2 Completes Its 30th Lunar Day On The Far Side Of The Moon

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Dr. Alfredo Carpineti

Senior Staff Writer & Space Correspondent

clockMay 19 2021, 14:14 UTC
Yutu-2 seen by lander Chang'e-4 in an incredible panorama of the far side of the Moon.

Yutu-2 seen by lander Chang'e-4 in an incredible panorama of the far side of the Moon. Image Credit: CNSA

China’s recent successes in space exploration from the Moon and Mars are very exciting but some of the slightly older missions are still going strong. Among them, there’s Yutu-2, the rover part of the Chang’e-4 mission, who has been busy exploring the far side of the Moon.

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The Chinese Space Agency gave a cute update about Yutu-2 as well as fellow rover Zhurong, which successfully landed on Mars last week. The two rovers and the relay system Magpie Bridge were talking in an anthropomorphized chat group about what they have been up to.  

Yutu-2 has now completed its 30th lunar day. Each lunar day lasts for about 14 Earth days of Sun and 14 Earth days of night. The rover has been on the Moon for 866 days and has so far crossed 708.9 meters (2,326 ft) of lunar surface. The number suggests that it has not been zooming about much on this last day.

The chat also suggests that Zhurong is doing fine on Mars and it has been sending data back to Earth as well as the first non-NASA pictures from the surface of Mars.

Yutu-2 continues its work of exploration. It has so far delivered new insights into the composition of the Moon as well as spotting peculiar rock formations such as the “milestone”.

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