Author Topic: LIVE: Chang'e-3 lunar probe and rover Lunar Landing December 14, 2013  (Read 457062 times)

Offline Lars_J

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Wonderful! Congratulations to everyone involved in this!! :)

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In my opinion there's still plenty of exploration of the moon left to do so well done China!

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From the Xinhua twitter, without explanation of what exactly it is.

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From the Xinhua twitter, without explanation of what exactly it is.

Well it looks like a properly color-balanced image, to me. Beautiful.

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I'm pretty sure the bottom larger rocks in the new image are the same as a few of the rocks on the far rim of the 20 metre crater we landed near.

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Congratulations. A most excellent achievement. Welcome to the moon.
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P.S. Check out the Apollo 11 Flight Journal Day 5 at MET 095:17:28 http://history.nasa.gov/ap11fj/14day5-landing-prep.htm . Funny old life, isn't it...?  ;)
095:17:28 Evans: Roger. Among the large headlines concerning Apollo this morning, 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.

[Chang-O is also spelled Ch'ang O and, in the more modern rendition, Chang'e.]


Wow, now 44 years later China has landed the beautiful Chinese girl called Chang'e and her jade rabbit Yutu on the Moon. What a beautiful sentiment, thank you for finding that gem Nick!

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P.S. Check out the Apollo 11 Flight Journal Day 5 at MET 095:17:28 http://history.nasa.gov/ap11fj/14day5-landing-prep.htm . Funny old life, isn't it...?  ;)
095:17:28 Evans: Roger. Among the large headlines concerning Apollo this morning, 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.

[Chang-O is also spelled Ch'ang O and, in the more modern rendition, Chang'e.]


Wow, now 44 years later China has landed the beautiful Chinese girl called Chang'e and her jade rabbit Yutu on the Moon. What a beautiful sentiment, thank you for finding that gem Nick!

:)  yup!   That made my evening.
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The rover Yutu will take pictures of the lander of #ChangE3 from 5 different angles on Sunday.

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P.S. Check out the Apollo 11 Flight Journal Day 5 at MET 095:17:28 http://history.nasa.gov/ap11fj/14day5-landing-prep.htm . Funny old life, isn't it...?  ;)
095:17:28 Evans: Roger. Among the large headlines concerning Apollo this morning, 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.

[Chang-O is also spelled Ch'ang O and, in the more modern rendition, Chang'e.]


Wow, now 44 years later China has landed the beautiful Chinese girl called Chang'e and her jade rabbit Yutu on the Moon. What a beautiful sentiment, thank you for finding that gem Nick!

Nice! I did remember that - I have a feeling it was mentioned it Mike Collins' book? -
, and recalled it at the time of the CE-1 launch but had forgotten it again- thanks for the reminder
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Hah!  Congrats to the Yutu Team!  Great to see it roll off of its ramp onto the lunar surface.
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After all these years....the lunar surface again!!!!
ým moved...really.
Now i hope to see a man on the moon soonest.

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After walking with the rovers on Mars, it just hit me how different this is going to be. I wish we could stop getting distracted by the Nationality discussions - we're all about to receive a wonderful gift. I can't wait for the exploration to start.
« Last Edit: 12/15/2013 03:58 AM by SaxtonHale »

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I just notices how young the entire team is, and I have to look it up. It turns out, the team's average age is only 32.4 years old. How's that for a aerospace project!!! May all these young guys and gals have a wonder future and career with the Chinese space program.

http://www.chinanews.com/gn/2013/12-02/5566366.shtml

Offline Sean Lynch

Congratulations China and best wishes for the continued success of your nation's ambitious space program!
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I just notices how young the entire team is, and I have to look it up. It turns out, the team's average age is only 32.4 years old. How's that for a aerospace project!!! May all these young guys and gals have a wonder future and career with the Chinese space program.

http://www.chinanews.com/gn/2013/12-02/5566366.shtml
At the time of Apollo 11 the average age of the mission control team was 26.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/james-m-clash/apollo-11-anniversary-_b_1684083.html

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My congratulations  8)  :) !!!
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From the Xinhua twitter, without explanation of what exactly it is.

Very nice... But hopefully we will be able to see much higher quality images soon.

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Btw, Chang'e-3 in mandarin appears to be written as 嫦娥3 so these two searches will give you a bunch of the freshestestest incomprehensible links but sometimes latest posted images, too :

https://twitter.com/search?q=嫦娥&src=typd

https://news.google.com/news/story?pz=1&cf=all&ned=us&hl=zh-TW&q=嫦娥3&ncl=dZLV4LEVCstHriMgLVNL19sfDnuTM&cf=all&scoring=n

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Offline MP99

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

IIUC, the GLXP was supposed to expire if a government landed on the Moon first.

I believe the rules have now been changed to ignore Chang'E and allow the GLXP process to continue regardless.


Nevertheless,  my full - hearted congratulations to the Chinese team,  not just for a fantastic job done,  but also for setting out to do this in the first place.

I even find myself surprised at my reaction to this as a "big deal".  As excited as I was beforehand for another probe to visit the Moon (like EG Chandraayan (sp?)),  the landing itself is much more historic than I'd appreciated it would be beforehand. Pleased to see the swell of "why didn't I know about this beforehand" on Twitter.

Cheers,  Martin

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