The Chang'e 4 lander, as seen by the Yutu 2 rover.
The Chang’e 4 lander, as seen by the Yutu 2 rover.

(Image: © CNSA)

The lunar home of China’s Chang’e-4 lander, which landed on the far side of the moon Jan. 3, now has a name: Statio Tianhe.

Statio means a post or station in Latin and is also used in the formal name for the Apollo 11 landing site, Statio Tranquillitatis; Tianhe is an ancient Chinese name for the Milky Way sky river that is used in a folk tale called “The Cowherd and the Weaver Girl.” The location is near the previously named Von Kármán Crater.

The International Astronomical Union, which oversees all formal names for features in space and on…