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"Yutu" rover explores moon with state-of-the-art equipment

12-22-2013 20:09 BJT Special Report:Chang’e-3 Lunar Probe |

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The Chang’e 3 lander has so far been responsible for many of the lunar mission’s highlights, including conducting the soft-landing on the moon and snapping photos of the Earth and other celestial bodies.

But the lunar rover, the Yutu, or "the Jade Rabbit", is now set to begin greater exploration of the moon’s surface. And it’s been equipped with state-of-the-art technology to transmit all its findings back to Earth.

The rover has two panoramic cameras as well as four others that can capture stereoscopic 3-D images. To analyze the structure and composition of the moon’s soil and rocks, the Yutu also has an infra-red spectrometer.

Its robotic arms have also been outfitted with a small and light alpha particle X-ray spectrometer to examine the composition of various chemical elements. A radar has also been installed on the rover’s underside. It’s capable of penetrating up to 30 meters below the moon’s soil and several hundred meters into the moon’s crust.

 

Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CCTV.com

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