China hailed its mission to explore the dark side of the moon as a "complete success" so far on Friday, as it released video of its Chang'e-4 probe making landfall.
Broadcast by state televison channel CCTV, the pictures show the Jade Rabbit 2 rover and the Chang'e 4 spacecraft that transported it to the dark side of the moon. The machines took each other's portraits. In this part, which is far away from the eyes of the landlords, there are more mountainous and rocky areas, while the flat area is more in the bright side of the moon. The rover is powered by solar panels.
Scientists have said the far side is a key area for solving several unknowns about the moon, including its internal structure and thermal evolution. The rover is visible with its tracks leading away towards the bottom.
A ring panorama shot taken by the Chang'e lander of the landing site.
The original Yutu rover from the 2013 Chang'e-3 mission to the lunar near side also took a similar break during its first lunar day in Mare Imbrium.
Chang'e-4, the Yutu-2 and the Queqiao relay satellite that beams data back to Earth are "in a stable condition, and all work was carried out as planned", the statement said.
The rover on Saturday went into standby mode to protect itself from temperatures reaching towards 200 degrees Celsius (390 degrees Fahrenheit), the China Lunar Exploration Program under the China National Space Administration (CNSA) said.
"From the panorama, we can see the probe is surrounded by lots of small craters, which was really thrilling". The deepest region on the Moon, where there is an altitude of minus 9,100 meters, is about 700 kilometers to the south of the probe.
Chang'e-4 landed at 177.6 degrees east longitude and 45.5 degrees south following a 12-minute powered descent.
"The information from the depths of the moon will be one of our focuses in the exploration".
In contrast with previous images from the landing site, the panoramic image has been colour-corrected by Chinese researchers to better reflect the colours we would see if we were standing there.