China’s historic Chang’e 4 lander touched down on the far side of the moon Jan. 2, the first time that has ever been accomplished, and on Friday we got our first ever 360-degree panoramic photo of the previously unexplored landscape.
The Chang’e 4 currently sits at an altitude of about minus 6,000 meters, which was one of the intents of this mission, said Li Chunlai, deputy director of the National Astronomical Observatories of China and commander in chief of the ground application system for Chang’e 4.
The Chang’e 4′s mission, among other things, is to investigate the geological history of the moon, and in turn perhaps reveal a bit more about the formation of the solar system.
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