Greetings Lunar Fanatics, which I’ll lovingly call Lunatics!
This week I want to give an update on the cool Chang’e-4 mission from the China National Space Administration (CNSA)! This mission is part of the growing Chinese Lunar Exploration Program, which is designed to build and operate orbiters, landers, and rovers to the lunar surface!
In December 2018, the Chang’e-4 mission will deploy the lander and rover, and we’re so excited!
Here are some awesome updates about the upcoming Chang’e-4 mission!
1- The landing site is Crater Von Karman, which is situated in the South Pole-Aitken Basin! It is also observed to be the oldest crater on the Moon!
2-spacecraft is named after Chang’e the Chinese Moon goddess.
3-The orbiter has been there since May 2018, but the lander and rover will land in December 2018. The rover is only 120 kg! (The Curiosity rover on Mars is 899 kg!)
4- Some of the science objectives include: measuring lunar surface temperature, measure the chemical compositions of lunar rocks and soils, low-frequency radio astronomical observations, and solar radiation/cosmic ray effects.
5-In addition, the lander will carry a container with seeds and insect eggs to test whether plants and insects could hatch and grow together. The experiment includes seeds of potatoes and Arabidopsis thaliana (flowering plant in Eurasia), and silkworm eggs!
Thank you for reading and come back next week for a look at Tadpole Galaxies!