Saturday, 14 December 2013
MOON LANDING: CHINA'S PROBE TO EXPLORE DEEP INTO THE LUNAR SOIL by Benson Agoha
China has today successfully landed its first Luna probe in 37 Years on the Moon.
The Lander made a soft landing on the lunar surface in order to explore it further and deeper than have ever been done.
Breaking the cheerful news, China's CCTV said on Twitter that "The #ChangE3 probe has successfully landed on the moon.." and that "The six-wheeled rover Yutu will be deployed to explore the lunar surface."
The lander is equipped with a ground-penetrating radar that will be able to probe up to 100 meters below the surface of the moon as China carries an independent scientific research.
It will do soil analysis, survey the moon geological structure, explore for further evidence of water and do more as will be required.
The optical telescope is the first of its type ever to be equipped on a probe. It also has an ultra violet camera that will monitor the earth from the moon and China says `this technology is even better than satelites'.
The ground-penetrating radar is equipped at the belly of the Rover so that as it moves around the surface of the moon, it will explore simultaneously deep into the ground lunar soil.
China says this is not just about going to the moon, but also about using better technology to do better research and hopefully bring better results - something they say, no country else in the world has done before.
China's lander was deployed farther into the part of the moon that have not been visited before by any probe.
One commentator, who himself is a scientist, said what was interesting in China's moon programme is the fact that it equipped the lander with new technologies and tasks that will hopefully offer new information that had not been found by previous probes.
From the above photo, the Chang'e-3 lunar probe is on the left, while the Yutu Moon Rover is on the right. Xinhua News Agency tweeted them saying "They took photos of each other and sent back to Earth."
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updated 12/14/2013 02:19:00 pm