|Mission type||Lander, |
|Mission duration||Lander: 12 months|
Rover: 3 months
|Launch mass||Lander: 1,200 kg|
Rover: 140 kg
|Landing mass||Total: ~1,200 kg; rover: 140 kg|
|Dimensions||Rover: 1.5 × 1.0 × 1.0 m|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||Queqiao relay satellite: 20 May 2018|
Lander and rover: 7 December 2018, 18:23 UTC
|Landing date||Lander and rover: 3 January 2019, 2:26 UTC|
Chang'e 4 (
The mission is the follow-up to
The Chang'e 4 mission was first scheduled for launch in 2015 as part of the second phase of the Chinese Lunar Exploration Program. But the adjusted objectives and design of the mission imposed delays, and finally launched on 7 December 2018, 18:23
This mission will attempt to determine the age and composition of an unexplored region of the Moon, as well as develop technologies required for the later stages of the program.
According to Wu Weiren, the chief engineer of the program, the United States once requested China to provide the orbital data of Chang'e 4 to monitor its lunar landing, but it was declined by China.