Author Topic: LIVE: Chang'e-3 lunar probe and rover Lunar Landing December 14, 2013  (Read 457509 times)

Offline belegor

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Landing site seems to be undisturbed by recent impacts, no boulders in the near vicinity.

Lander - Rover separation expected tomorrow, if I understood that correctly.
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Yay, Atlantis getting a mention on CCTV. Sadly it's about NASA losing capability.

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Talking about US space program.
Akin's Laws of Spacecraft Design #1:  Engineering is done with numbers.  Analysis without numbers is only an opinion.

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Are we expecting any more major events before CCTV coverage ends in 15 mins?

They said 59 pictures came down from the descent imager. May have a movie slideshow..

Also, apparently the lander is going to do a prop dump before the rover's deployed..


Seems to be oriented to maximize solar panels for the long term.


Yeah, but that would've remained unaffected if you flipped it 180 degrees...
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"US clear leader is private space exploration."
« Last Edit: 12/14/2013 12:52 PM by Steven Pietrobon »
Akin's Laws of Spacecraft Design #1:  Engineering is done with numbers.  Analysis without numbers is only an opinion.

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CCTV - Showing Shuttle Atlantis. Apollo 11 landing video.

Discussing US Space Program and funding issues. "US clear leader in private space exploration."
"The Moon is the most accessible destination for realizing commercial, exploration and scientific objectives beyond low Earth orbit." - LEAG

Offline Chris Bergin

This is reasonably objective stuff from CCTV on NASA. Notes the less than one half of one cent (per tax dollar) cost to Americans.

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"Hope its golden years not in rear view mirror."
Akin's Laws of Spacecraft Design #1:  Engineering is done with numbers.  Analysis without numbers is only an opinion.

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"Hope its golden years not in rear view mirror."

Yep! I heard that one too!
"The Moon is the most accessible destination for realizing commercial, exploration and scientific objectives beyond low Earth orbit." - LEAG

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They seem to have conveniently overlooked Shuttle, Sojourner, Spirit, Opportunity, Curiousity, ISS, and the other various NASA missions to Titan, Jupiter, Saturn etc.

Nasa hasn't exactly been idle.

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Landing site is at 19.51 deg. West, 44.12 deg. North.
Chinese spaceflight is a cosmic riddle wrapped in a galactic mystery inside an orbital enigma... - (not) Winston Churchill

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Expect rover and lander separation tomorrow. Lander must vent excess fuel first. #Change3

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CCTV- British expert and commentator note improvements in instruments since last Lunar surface mission since 37 years ago.

"Opens a new page for celestial body exploration."

Noting importance of surface operations versus orbital missions.

 
"The Moon is the most accessible destination for realizing commercial, exploration and scientific objectives beyond low Earth orbit." - LEAG

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They seem to have conveniently overlooked Shuttle, Sojourner, Spirit, Opportunity, Curiousity, ISS, and the other various NASA missions to Titan, Jupiter, Saturn etc.
They mentioned NASA was scoring achievements in other areas, mentioning Curiosity by name.

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CCTV - Has ended special broadcast.
"The Moon is the most accessible destination for realizing commercial, exploration and scientific objectives beyond low Earth orbit." - LEAG

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Coverage ending.
Akin's Laws of Spacecraft Design #1:  Engineering is done with numbers.  Analysis without numbers is only an opinion.

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Was Chang'e-3 landing at 13:11:18.695 UTC?

Yes, it was Andrey.

Thanks, Rui! And 12:59:52.128? Beginning of descent?

Didn't catch that one, but I assume it is the start of the engine for descent.

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Was Chang'e-3 landing at 13:11:18.695 UTC?

Yes, it was Andrey.

Thanks, Rui! And 12:59:52.128? Beginning of descent?

Didn't catch that one, but I assume it is the start of the engine for descent.

Yes, thanks, I think so too.

Offline Chris Bergin

Ok, so CCTV coverage concluding.

Thanks to all who helped with coverage. Special hat tip to Steven for his excellent coverage.

Rui's article, post landing:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2013/12/china-jade-rabbit-lunar-arrival/

This thread continues with mission updates.

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CCTV reporter: expected to receive 10 pictures during landing, actually got 59.
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