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China’s Chang’e-4 Lunar Rover Readied for Launch to the Far Side This Year

Aug. 18, 2018 (EIRNS)—At a press conference in Beijing Aug 16, Chinese space officials unveiled images of the Chang’e-4 lunar rover, which will explore the far side of the Moon. The basic design is based on the size and shape of China’s first lunar rover, Yutu. The Chang’e-4 rover is a rectangular box shape with two solar panels that unfold from the sides, and six wheels. It stands about four feet high.

At the press conference, lunar chief designer, Wu Weiren, said that unlike its predecessor, the new rover has adaptable parts and an adjustable payload, to deal with the more complex far side of the Moon, the more complicated communications set up, requiring a relay satellite, and to meet the scientific objectives of the space scientists, as Xinhua reports.

Like Yutu, the new rover will have four scientific payloads, including a panoramic camera, infrared imaging spectrometer, and a radar penetrating instrument.

The rover has not yet been named, and proposals can be submitted through Sept. 15. It is expected that the Chang’e-4 orbiter and lander with rover will launch before the end of this year.