Author Topic: LIVE: Chang'e-3 lunar probe and rover, CZ-3B - Xichang - December 1, 2013  (Read 309458 times)

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According to http://news.sina.com.cn/c/2013-12-01/232528862010.shtml Chang'e 3 will arrive at lunar orbit (100x100 km at 90 deg. inclination) about 5 days after launch (according to earlier reports LOI is planned at ~02:30 UTC on Dec. 6). 4 days later (Dec. 10) the lander will lower its orbit to 15 x 100 km. Another 4 days later the "several minutes of terror" will finally come as the lander fires for landing from the pericynthion.

So this essentially means that "D-Day" is now scheduled on December 14 as opposed to December 16 as originally reported - in line with the report by ESA!   ;D
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Several forum members at 9ifly is now visiting Xichang for the launch - here's the latest reports from them! http://bbs.9ifly.cn/thread-12739-3-1.html
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And some more CZ-3B shots....  8)
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And some more CZ-3B shots....  8)

really appreciate the updates!

Those rovers model are really cool; one almost looks metal!
(and it looks like the last one floats on a magnet)
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When does the launch coverage start on CCTV?

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When does the launch coverage start on CCTV?

Should be right now. (I'm watching the Chinese news channel so please someone help with checking the English side)
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When does the launch coverage start on CCTV?

Should be right now. (I'm watching the Chinese news channel so please someone help with checking the English side)

Confirmed that the English side is live too. Please help with the screenshots!
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some snapshots from the news channel.
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When does the launch coverage start on CCTV?

Should be right now. (I'm watching the Chinese news channel so please someone help with checking the English side)

I seem to have the news highlights and not the "live" channel....looking
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When does the launch coverage start on CCTV?

Should be right now. (I'm watching the Chinese news channel so please someone help with checking the English side)

I seem to have the news highlights and not the "live" channel....looking

Yes, not live yet...

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They've done a couple brief mentions of Chang'e 3. They're mixing launch coverage with regular news highlights, but did say they'd carry the launch live. Said they were loading liquid hydrogen into (I think) 3rd stage, weather looks good.

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I am watching CCTV-4 from the Galaxy-3C US satellite.

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I am watching CCTV-4 from the Galaxy-3C US satellite.

Wow - how did you get on board Galaxy 3C???   The view from there must be amazing. :-)

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It is!!!!

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I am watching CCTV-4 from the Galaxy-3C US satellite.

ok we can watch that (no English) link http://www.cctv-4.com/2013/      It likes windows player
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Has a launch mass been published for Chang'e 3?   Or the mass when on the lunar surface?
Launch mass is said to be 3780 kg.

Thank you Igor.   Way back about ten years ago I estimated that the mass would be around 3,500 kg or so.   The 1,200 kg which Satori quotes must be the mass when sitting on the lunar surface, presumably with the rover still on board.

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ok just went live
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And now CCTV International is live...

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Special live coverage has started on CCTV International


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