ESA and China Space Agency Collaboration Detects Negative Ions on Dark Side of Moon

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ESA and China Space Agency , Collaboration Detects Negative Ions , on Dark Side of Moon.
China's Chang'e-6 lunar lander landed on the
dark side of the Moon, successfully gathered
samples and lifted off in just over 48 hours. .
'Futurism' reports that the historic feat resulted in the
first-ever samples collected from the far side of the
Moon, which permanently faces away from the Earth.
The trip also saw the lander deposit several scientific
payloads, including the Negative Ions at the Lunar Surface
(NILS) instrument for the European Space Agency.
This was ESA’s first activity on the
surface of the Moon, a world-first
scientifically, and a first lunar
cooperation with China, Neil Melville, ESA’s technical officer for the experiment, via 'Futurism'.
The moon's lack of a magnetic field makes
the surface extremely vulnerable to charged solar
particles, which create negatively charged ions. .
Before it could make its observations, the NILS instrument
had to be adjusted to the extreme lunar surface conditions,
going through a cycle of reboots and blackouts.
Once it adjusted, the instrument detected negative ions
from solar winds bombarding the Moon's surface and
successfully transmitted back usable data.
We have collected an
amount and quality of data
far beyond our expectations, Neil Melville, ESA’s technical officer for the experiment, via 'Futurism'.
'Futurism' explains that the data could have significant
implications for our understanding of how our celestial
neighborhood deals without having a magnetic field. .
These observations on the Moon will
help us better understand the surface
environment and act as a pathfinder
to explore negative ion populations
in other airless bodies in the
Solar System, from planets to
asteroids and other moons, Martin Wieser, NILS principal investigator, via 'Futurism'

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