Author Topic: LIVE: Chang'e-3 lunar probe and rover Lunar Landing December 14, 2013  (Read 482227 times)

Offline Svetoslav

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So Chang'e is working for more than four years on the Moon. Is it already a record?

Online Phil Stooke

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It is the longest surviving lander - still doing science with its UV telescope, the only functioning instrument.  The actual longest operating equipment of any kind on the lunar surface was the Apollo 12 ALSEP, parts of which operated from late 1969 to the turn-off in 1977. 

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The retroreflectors placed during the Apollo missions and also (I think) a Lunakhod mission still work fine.

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« Last Edit: 01/17/2018 05:14 PM by matthewkantar »

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Well, yes, the reflectors. What should prevent them from working? Probably just the project budgets down here on earth to use them.

Chang'e-3 is an active system. She is taking measurements and pictures and she is actively transmitting to earth.

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