Author Topic: LIVE: Chang'e-3 lunar probe and rover, CZ-3B - Xichang - December 1, 2013  (Read 309363 times)

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Chinese spaceflight is a cosmic riddle wrapped in a galactic mystery inside an orbital enigma... - (not) Winston Churchill

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Great deduction here, giving us a possible launch window 21-23 November:-

http://www.zarya.info/Diaries/China/ChangE/ChangE3Window.php

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Ooh...... looks like someone has leaked out loads of information about the Chinese plans of solar system exploration!

http://bbs.astron.ac.cn/thread-93001-1-1.html

Liu Qinghui, a researcher working at the Shanghai Observatory of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (which includes their 65 meter radio telescope), said in the presentation above that CE-3 is scheduled to launch at about 1 am local time on December 2 (~17:00 UTC on December 1). That's bang in the mark with my prediction a few months ago!  :o
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Chang'e 3 has passed the critical reviews 4 days ago and is now ready for shipping to the launch site.  :)

http://www.spacechina.com/n25/n144/n206/n214/c510680/content.html
http://news.xinhuanet.com/tech/2013-08/28/c_117132510.htm
Chinese spaceflight is a cosmic riddle wrapped in a galactic mystery inside an orbital enigma... - (not) Winston Churchill

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Is it possible for someone to translate the captions please?

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According to Welt.de/Reuters, the chinese moon rover will have also the task to plant a chinese flag on the moon.

http://www.welt.de/wissenschaft/weltraum/article119498983/China-will-noch-2013-Flagge-auf-dem-Mond-hissen.html

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Is it possible for someone to translate the captions please?

There is nothing special in the slide. The caption just mentioned the launch will be by the end of this year, and the numbers in the slide are the milestones (in terms of months, years) of this project.

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Chang'e 3 has been transported to Beijing's international airport earlier today. Later today it will be loaded on board an Antonov 124 for fly-out to Xichang early tomorrow.

http://bbs.9ifly.cn/forum.php?mod=redirect&goto=findpost&ptid=11199&pid=264656&fromuid=19646
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Chang'e 3 has been transported to Beijing's international airport earlier today. Later today it will be loaded on board an Antonov 124 for fly-out to Xichang early tomorrow.

http://bbs.9ifly.cn/forum.php?mod=redirect&goto=findpost&ptid=11199&pid=264656&fromuid=19646

I didn't know the Chinese used the 124, how long have they been using it in this capacity?

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they are renting the An 124, just like everyone else, I believe...

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A very stupid op-ed on this subject:

http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2013-09-08/news/os-ed-oped-china-lunar-lander-20130906_1_moon-orbit-leading-space-faring-nation

I honestly don't know where this guy gets all these crazy ideas.

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A very stupid op-ed on this subject:

http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2013-09-08/news/os-ed-oped-china-lunar-lander-20130906_1_moon-orbit-leading-space-faring-nation

I honestly don't know where this guy gets all these crazy ideas.

What on earth is he on about in that article!

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I don't know. It's just rather nutty. "Nobody paid any attention to the announcement that China is launching a robotic probe to the Moon." Yeah, well virtually nobody paid any attention when NASA launched LADEE either, at least until the frog came along.

And then he mentions that China--gasp!--has a space station! Er, yeah, and the ISS has been in orbit since the late 1990s.

But occasionally you will run across somebody who thinks that if China puts a human on the Moon--when? someday...--it is going to be a major threat to humankind. I'm no fan of the Chinese government, but if they put humans on the Moon, it won't change anything.

The byline is rather vague about what this guy did when he was in government.

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"Chinese scientists described the country's first moon rover on Wednesday and invited the global public to come up with a name for it."

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2013-09/25/c_132750241.htm

More detail on the naming process here, though no direct link to a submission site: http://www.china.org.cn/china/2013-09/25/content_30131077.htm

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Orion - the first and only manned not-too-deep-space craft

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