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Int'l Payloads on Chang'e-4 Start Operation
SOURCE: Xinhua     UPDATED: 2019-01-11

BEIJING, Jan. 10 (China Space News) -- China's Chang'e-4 probe has started carrying out a series of scientific research tasks involving multiple countries and organizations since it landed on the far side of the moon on Jan. 3, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) announced Thursday.

The probe, comprising a lander and a rover, was launched on Dec. 8, 2018. The Yutu-2 rover left its first trace on the far side of the moon late at night on Jan. 3, after it separated from the lander smoothly.

A neutron radiation detector aboard the lander, developed by Germany, and a neutral atom detector on the rover, developed by Sweden, have both switched on for test operations, according to a CNSA statement.