NASA spacecraft reveals travels of China’s Yutu 2 moon rover

The Chang’e 4 lander (right) and Yutu 2 (remaining) noticed by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter in Oct 2020. (Picture credit score: NASA/GSFC/Arizona Point out College)

China’s Yutu 2 rover just turned two decades previous, and NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has stored a sharp eye on its movements in the course of its mission on the much side of the moon.

Though China’s Chang’e 5 sample-return mission has been basking in the lunar limelight, the Chang’e 4 mission was also back in action. Chang’e 4 introduced to the moon in Could 2018 and deployed the Yutu 2 rover to the lunar floor on Jan. 3, 2019. The sun rose over Von Kármán crater on Dec. 7, indicating the solar-powered lander and Yutu 2 rover had been active on Dec. 9.