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Goodnight, Chang'e-4! China's Probe on Moon's Far Side Naps for Lunar Night


China's mission to the far side of the moon has gone dormant for its fifth, frigid lunar night.


''The Chang'e-4 probe switches to dormant mode during lunar night due to lack of solar power,'' according to Chinese state media agency Xinhua .


Chang'e-4 is exploring Von Kármán Crater, a 115-mile-wide (186 kilometers) lunar feature that could reveal clues about the moon's interior and history.


The crater is located on the moon's South Pole-Aitken basin, a region whose formation might have been affected by the compositional and thermal evolution of the lunar far side.


China's robots will withstand two weeks of frigid lunar night before they reawaken to a new day of investigations.


And the mission is also providing information about this enigmatic region, via Chang'e-4's Visible and Near-Infrared Imaging Spectrometer (VNIS), Panoramic Camera (PCam), and Lunar Penetrating Radar (LPR) instruments.






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