China’s Chang’e-4 probe with its rover and the lander have finally been awakened by the morning sunlight after it went in a long sleep mode after the first extreme cold night on the Moon. This news was reported recently and announced by the China National Space Administration (CNSA).
The Chang’e-4 probe had to be switched on to a dormant mode as the lunar night was happening. Because of this whole chaos, there was a lack of solar power supply to the probe. So as the lander and the rover had no other choices, the officials decided to end the dormant mode automatically and according to the angle of the sun placement over the orbit.
China’s Chang’e-4 probe is the first ever spacecraft that has touched down on the far side of the moon. Also, over the soft-land on the moon’s uncharted side which was never visible from Earth.
The CNSA also revealed that the lander woke up at 8.39 p.m. and the rover, Yutu-2 (Jade Rabbit-2) woke up at around 8 p.m. They both woke up on two different days according to the news.
This was their first ever night of survival over the lunar night after making the first-ever soft landing on the far side over the surface of the Moon. A normal lunar day equals to 14 days when on Earth and a lunar night is of the same length.
As the lander and the rover both ended the dormant mode automatically on their own and as planned according to the elevation angle of the sunlight. After it woke up from its sleep, its key instruments over the probe have started to work back to normal with no delays or hassles.
China’s Chang’e-4 probe was launched over the orbit on the December 8th, 2018. It landed over the far side of the moon and over the Von Karman Crater in the South Pole-Aitken Basin on the January 3rd, 2019.
As per recent reports, the rover is now successfully located about 18 meters northwest of the lander. Communication and data transmission between ground control and the probe is efficient and working good as before.