"For the first time in human history, the spacecraft made a soft landing and patrol survey on the back of the moon, and for the first time, realized the relay communication with the Earth on the back of the moon, and with many countries".
Temperatures were expected to reach up to 200 degrees Celsius, but authorities from the Chinese Lunar Exploration Program (CLEP) said that the Yutu 2 rover, the lander and its relay satellite all survived the heat blast safely.
Nasa provided data collected by its robotic spacecraft, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter launched in 2009, for China to use, while China shared details of how it meant to put a spacecraft on the far side of the moon.
The 140-kilogram (308-pound) rover has since resumed activities, which will include taking a picture of the front side of the lander and exploration missions.More news: China agrees on solution to Tesla customs issue
BEIJING: China's lunar probe has sent the first panoramic image of its landing site since its historic arrival on the far side of the moon, showing the cratered landscape it is exploring. The Chinese mission was to land on the side of the moon that is never seen from earth due to the moon rotation, a phenomenon called "tidal locking".
A rover dubbed Yutu-2 - or Jade Rabbit, the name of the moon goddess's pet - successfully separated from the lander and drove onto the moon's surface about eight hours after landing.
"Researchers completed the preliminary analysis of the lunar surface topography around the landing site based on the image taken by the landing camera", CLEP said in a statement accompanying the release of the images.
Images sent back by the probe show a cotton sprout has grown well, but so far none of the other plants has taken, the university said.More news: Mufti Abdul Raoof, Hamad Azhar among 44 taken into preventive detention
Chang'e 4 touched down on the Von Karman Crater in the South Pole-Aitken Basin in the morning of January 3.
"The Chang'e-4 landed at an altitude of almost minus 6,000 meters".
"From the panorama, we can see the probe is surrounded by lots of small craters", said Li Chunlai, commander-in-chief of the ground application system for the Chang'e-4 mission, according to the official Xinhua news agency. In a press release, CNSA said their Chang'e 4 mission was a success, and thanked "significant worldwide cooperation", for their major space milestone.
The video, lasting about 12 minutes, shows the probe adjusted its altitude, hovered and avoided obstacles during the descent process. This is a great mystery that has not been solved.' Scientists are hopeful that the Chang'e 4 mission and the follow up will help them learn more about the far side of the moon.More news: Mobile spent $195,000 at Trump's DC hotel since announcing Sprint merger
"The thicker dust shows that the lunar regolith in the region has undergone longer space weathering, which also gives strong evidence of the region being older".