BEIJING | Chinese rover beings exploring ‘dark’ side of moon
BEIJING—Jan 03, 2019—China‘s space agency has posted a photo of a lunar rover making tracks on the surface shortly after leaving a spacecraft that had made the first-ever landing on the moon’s far side.
The Jade Rabbit 2 rover drove off a ramp and onto the moon at 10:22 p.m. Thursday, about 12 hours after the Chang’e 4 spacecraft touched down.
Lunar project chief designer Wu Weiren called the separation of the rover “a small step for the rover, but one giant leap for the Chinese nation.”
Other countries have sent spacecraft to the side of the moon that faces Earth.