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While India's #Chandrayan2 Vikram lander is preparing for touchdown, China's Chang'e-4 lander & Yutu-2 rover powered down at 19:50 & 20:12 UTC respectively yesterday, ending mission Day 9 on the lunar far side. New Von Kármán crater horizon image released.… Image
Yutu-2's total drive distance since deployment in January is 284.661 metres, meaning 13.661 m was covered across lunar day 9, which included multiple points at which science instruments were used. Nice image of rover regolith tracks released below. Image
No update on the 'unusually coloured substance' found during day 8 with this update. Hopefully more images from Yutu-2 will be released before the start of Day 10 (~early October 5). New surface pic below. Image
(Correction: Day 10 should start ~September 22, and end early UTC October 5).

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