lies that the Chang’e 4 probe served as a pioneer in the history of human lunar exploration.
According to the IAU naming rules, the landing site name has the prefix of Statio in Latin. And so far onl
y two places have such a prefix, the first being the landing site of Apollo 11, Statio Tranquillitatis.
Zhinyu, Hegu and Tianjin are the names of stars in China’s ancient star chart, as the three pits in the lunar crater formed a shape similar to these three celestial bodies.
Mount Tai is one of the five most famous mountains in China in East China’s Shandong province and stands 1,545 me
ters tall above sea level. The central peak, Mons Tai, in the lunar crater measures 1,565 meters in height from its base.
In August 2010 and October 2015, China had applied to name the landing sites of Chang’e 1 and Ch
ang’e 3, and gained approval, and in January this year, China applied to the IAU for the five new names.
So far, a total of 12 lunar features have been named by China.
Naming entities on lunar surfaces started in the 17th century in Europe, and in the 20th century, the U
nited States and the former Soviet Union had the most names due to their lunar explorations.