Date: 5 days ago   Category: Hi-Tech

The Chinese probe Chanje-4 "fell asleep" for the period of moonlight night


The Chinese probe Chanje-4 is on the Moon the 5th lunar day. Recently, from the beginning of the fifth night, it switched in sleep mode in connection with a lack of solar energy. Writes Space.com about it.

On the Moon, as well as on Earth, is replaced day at night. It concerns also the return (invisible from Earth) side of the Moon which is called sometimes "dark". However, one lunar day lasts about 28 terrestrial.

Chanje-4 became the first probe which managed to sit down successfully on a reverse side of the Moon. In common with "workmate", the rover Yuytu-2, it researches a crater Von Karman with a diameter of 2 thousand kilometers and 8 kilometers in depth.

to the Device was already succeeded to find minerals of a piroksena and olivina rich with iron probably got on a surface from a lunar cloak as a result of collision with an asteroid.

Both devices are in sleep mode since May 11. In 2 weeks they are activated and will continue a mission. By the way, the term of work of Yuytu-2 was calculated for 3 lunar days, but it functions regularly still. Its "run" on a reverse side of the Moon exceeded 190 meters.

As reported Focus: The probe sent pictures in which it is visible the stony surface of the Moon speckled by small craters. Chanje-4 brought "mini-biosphere" to the Moon: a tight container with the soil, water, air, heat control system and also eggs of a fruit fly and yeast. In this system it was succeeded to couch a cotton seed. The first lunar plant held on nine terrestrial days, but did not endure moonlight night. During that night the probe recorded record-breaking low temperature: 190 °C are below zero.

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