CHINA International Astronomical Union approves name of Chang'e-4 probe landing point

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International Astronomical Union approves name of Chang'e-4 probe landing point

By Zhan Huilan | People's Daily app

14:15, February 15, 2019

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) approved the names of geographic features on the moon, including the Chang'e-4 probe landing point, China's National Space Administration announced at a press conference Friday.

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The International Astronomical Union approved the names of geographic features on the moon. (Photos: People's Daily)

The landing point of the Chang'e-4 probe was named Statio Tianhe, with the three craters around the landing point called Zhinyu, Hegu and Tianjin. The central peak in the Von Karman Crater where Chang'e-4 probe landed was called Mons Tai. The IAU approved the names on February 4.

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The Zhinyu Crater

The approval of the five names offers location standards and fundamental data for scientific research domestically and abroad.

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The Hegu Crater

Naming geographic features started in Europe in the 17th century. The IAU is responsible for the management and approval of that.

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The Tianjin Crater

The IAU has approved seven names of geographic features on the moon applied by China for the Chang'e-1 probe in August 2010 and Chang'e-3 probe in October 2015. 

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Mons Tai

China's Chang'e-4 probe, launched on December 8, landed on the Von Karman Crater in the South Pole-Aitken Basin on the far side of the moon on January 3.

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