January 5th, 2019 by

Congratulations IRF!

Our friends at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) have successfully landed with their Advanced Small Analyzer for Neutrals (ASAN) instrument on the far side of the Moon, on board the Chinese Chang’E-4 spacecraft.

ASA instrument

ASAN instrument

Chang’E-4 is the first-ever spacecraft to soft-land on the Moon’s far side (the side we usually don’t see), in the Von Kármán crater in the South Pole-Aitken Basin. The ASAN instrument in on board the Yutu-2 rover. This of course means the IRF has beat us in having Sweden’s first scientific instrument on the moon, so our hats are off to them 🌝

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