Author Topic: LIVE: Chang'e-3 lunar probe and rover Lunar Landing December 14, 2013  (Read 456083 times)

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Lowering of the ramp.

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Rover sending back one picture per second
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Almost there

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Yutu rolling off the ramp.

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All wheels on the surface of the moon  :)
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Lander designed for a year, rover 3 months. But totally expect a longer life out of it
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Congratulations to the Beijing teams on deploying Yutu to lunar surface.

Interesting deployment.

 

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All this happened about two hours ago (ramp photos 12:28 EST, rolling onto ramp 1:48 EST, ramp motion 2:10 EST).  Apparently it went much more slowly than shown in the taped summary.  Very impressive performance. 
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Lander designed for a year, rover 3 months. But totally expect a longer life out of it

I think that the first Lunokhod was designed for three months of operations but it chugged around the Moon for ten months.

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Apparently, rover separation happened an hour earlier than planned.

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Well done China!! I watched the landing hours ago and had goosebumps as Chang'E 3 touched down.
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All this happened about two hours ago (ramp photos 12:28 EST, rolling onto ramp 1:48 EST, ramp motion 2:10 EST).  Apparently it went much more slowly than shown in the taped summary.  Very impressive performance. 

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Should China put in a sneaky bid for the Google X prize? Maybe settle for even $5m?  :P

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I noticed the clock in mission control jumping during the broadcast -- they were clearly condensing the time. Once there is a replay of the broadcast on Youtube we should be able to match events to times.

And here it is:

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It appears the broadcast skipped the moment when the ramp ends of the transposition mechanism made contact with the surface. It might have been illuminating to see if they were separately hinged, and how/if that compensated for any difference in the cross-track height of the lunar surface.
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Google translation of http://news.xinhuanet.com/mil/2013-12/15/c_118559357.htm :

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Xinhua Beijing December 15 (Reporter Li Xuanliang, Tian Zhao Yun) Beijing time at 4:35 on December 15, Chang E III lander and rover separation, "rabbit No." rover arrived on the lunar surface smoothly.

At 21:11 on the 14th, Chang E III successfully landed on the lunar longitude 19.5 degrees north latitude and 44.1 degrees east of Rainbow Bay area, then according to plan and carry out inspections lander separated the preparatory work.

At 23:45 on the 14th, the ground technical personnel for two separated the implementation of conditions, including the landing of environmental parameters, device status, the incident angle of the sun, etc., for a final check to make sure. Then, send commands to the Chang-e III, two separation begins.

Reporters at the Beijing Aerospace Control Center flight control screen to see the hall, Chang E III lander safely stand on the lunar surface, solar wing was expanded. "Rabbit" rover stand at the top landing, expand solar wings outstretched mast.

"Rover moves to the transfer mechanism for recognition." 3:10, rover begins to move slowly to the transfer agency.

"Rover moves into place." 4:06, transfer agency normally unlocked, gently supports the weight of patrol started landing, touching the lunar surface, and between the lander and lunar surface put up an inclined ladder.

Subsequently, the "Rabbit" slow walk down along the inclined ladder. 4:35, "rabbit" on the moon, the moon's surface printed a deep traces. Surveillance cameras to record the lander complete this process, and imaging data will be returned promptly to the ground.

According to reports, with the lander with rover separation, will be two Intermateability shot imaging, and carry out a series of inspections in place to detect and survey activities.
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Congrats to China on an excellent landing and deployment!
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Good coverage, NSF! Well done!

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