Author Topic: LIVE: Chang'e-3 lunar probe and rover Lunar Landing December 14, 2013  (Read 442205 times)

Offline Blackstar

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But we don't need to rely on any dust devil to keep solar panels clean.
So it's mostly a matter of how long lithium batteries can last. And MER's batteries lasted at least 10 years.


Lunar dust is very abrasive. They may have a problem with failure of moving parts.

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Nothing shown so far, that's different from what we've already seen

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China's moon rover, lander to photograph each other


China's first moon rover, Yutu, or Jade Rabbit, and the lander are scheduled to take photos of each other Sunday night, a move that will mark the complete success of the country's Chang'e-3 lunar probe mission.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2013-12/15/c_132969906.htm

Watching the rover cameras locations etc video good information.
Also found the English pronunciation of Yutu to be U-2 
 
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In the excellent tutorial of Yutu shown on CCTV, it looked like the high-gain antenna was locked to the mast cameras, so the rover may not have the capability of transmitting photos to Earth in realtime.  Seems like they are filling for time now waiting for the pictures.
« Last Edit: 12/15/2013 02:21 PM by lcs »

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this was posted on Facebook a few minutes ago

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Why does it look like all the images they posted (apart from the landing sequence) are snapshots of a computer monitor or some other display instead of the actual data stream?

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the image was posted on the China Space facebook page. just in case other pics show up here is the link:
https://www.facebook.com/ChinaSpace

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I congratulate China on this incredible acheivement.
Remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our rights & freedoms, and for those injured, visible or otherwise, in that fight.


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Say you want an image I have. Do you want me to just send you the jpeg *or* display that image on my monitor and then use my phone to take a picture of that image and send you that instead? Which one do you think preserves the original quality?

This very much doesn't look like a "raw" image.
« Last Edit: 12/15/2013 02:36 PM by Chris Bergin »

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Why does it look like all the images they posted (apart from the landing sequence) are snapshots of a computer monitor or some other display instead of the actual data stream?
You hit the point...the images were displayed on the large screens of the control center and then the media like CCTV recorded and broadcasted them using another cameras.
Maybe there is no interconnection between the flight control and broadcasting system.

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They are missing an opportunity here, IMHO. I get the feeling these images could be blowing our socks off if released in the source quality instead of just this "cool, but only for what it represents" feeling.

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This is not a time to moan about the quality. That's an amazing image.

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Why is a rover camera image being released in black and white?  Even their monitors must be color.   

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this was posted on Facebook a few minutes ago

Apparently this was taken by the NavCam and not by the PanCam.

They are missing an opportunity here, IMHO. I get the feeling these images could be blowing our socks off if released in the source quality instead of just this "cool, but only for what it represents" feeling.

Well, you know this is China....sometimes the photos show up in all kinds of weird places.  ::)
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David Harland has just posted this from Apollo 11 which is rather appropriate.

“Among the headlines about Apollo this morning,” said CapCom Ron Evans during his wake-up call to the crew of Apollo 11 on the morning of Sunday, 20 July, “there is one asking that you watch for a lovely girl with a big rabbit. An ancient legend says a beautiful Chinese girl called Chang-o has been living there for 4,000 years. It seems she was banished to the Moon because she stole the pill of immortality from her husband. You might also look for her companion, a large Chinese rabbit, who is easy to spot since he is always standing on his hind feet in the shade of a cinnamon tree; the name of the rabbit is not reported.” The astronauts promised that they would “keep a close eye out for the bunny girl”.

Not seen any cinnamon trees in the photos yet.
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session photo start now.

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Pic of Yutu
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Rather then complain about the picture quality let's concentrate in what we can see in the picture of the lander...I'll start...

Looks to me like,the landing site is quite flat and free of boulders..the landing pads don't seem to have sunk too deeply...the landing rocket exhaust doesn't seem to blasted the dirt too much...what else can be discerned from this picture ?
« Last Edit: 12/15/2013 02:47 PM by Jeff Lerner »

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As the commentators just mentioned, the color balance looks excellent.

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