China’s rover and lander on the moon’s far side are taking a ‘nap’ to survive brutal surface temperatures

On January 3, China landed its Chang’e 4 spacecraft on the moon’s far side — the first such mission in history. The mission’s lander and Yutu-2 rover will probe the moon’s geology, look for water, study the night sky for radio bursts, and even grow silkworms. However, it’s now high noon on the far side of the moon, leading to blistering surface temperatures. Chinese officials have put the spacecraft into a “noon nap” to

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