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Chang'e-4 Probe Switches Back to Dormant Mode
SOURCE: China Space News     UPDATED: 2019-02-21

BEIJING, Feb. 13 (China Space News) -- The lander and the rover of the Chang'e-4 probe have been switched to dormant mode for the lunar night after working stably during the past lunar day, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) announced Wednesday.

The lander was switched to a dormant mode at 7:00 p.m. Monday as scheduled, and the rover, Yutu-2 (Jade Rabbit-2), at 8:00 p.m., said the CNSA.

According to China's Lunar and Deep Space Exploration Center, the rover will be woken up on Feb. 28 and the lander on March 1.

The CNSA said that the Chang'e-4 probe worked stably during its second lunar day. The payloads on board including low-frequency radio astronomical instrument, neutron radiation detector, infrared imaging spectrometer and neural atomic detector have been operating smoothly as scheduled.

During its second Lunar day, a camera installed on the rover Yutu-2 took 360-degree panoramic photos on the lander.

Meanwhile, the lunar rover Yutu-2 has driven 120 meters on the far side of the moon, breaking the record of 114.8 meters made by its predecessor, Yutu, China's first rover to leave a trace on the lunar surface in late 2013.