Chinese probe Chang’e 4 has already spent 500 Earth days on the back of the Moon conducting scientific research of this virgin territory of a natural satellite.
The Chang’e 4 probe’s landing module and lunar rover resumed operation on the 18th lunar day on the reverse side of the Moon after a “sleep” on an extremely cold night.
According to the Center for Lunar Research and Space Program of the China National Space Administration (CNSA), the probe landing module “woke up” on Sunday at 03:25 Beijing time, and the lunar rover resumed work on Saturday at 11:53. Both units are operating in normal mode.
The Chinese Chang’e 4 probe, launched on December 8, 2018, made the world’s first soft landing near the Fon Pocket Crater of the South Pole – Aitken basin on the back of the moon on January 3, 2019.
The moon’s day lasts almost two weeks on Earth. Chang’e 4 probe goes into sleep mode during the lunar night due to lack of solar energy. -0-