Author Topic: LIVE: Chang'e-3 lunar probe and rover Lunar Landing December 14, 2013  (Read 471662 times)

Offline luhai167

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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

I guess that's a sign of a expanding and promising field. Lots of positions open, lots of promotions and attracting the best and brightest kids out of college.

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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.

Not expire, just become a smaller prize.. and yes, they cancelled that.
Jeff Bezos has billions to spend on rockets and can go at whatever pace he likes! Wow! What pace is he going at? Well... have you heard of Zeno's paradox?

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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
China's median age is 36.3 years old, so a 32.4 years old team may not be that dramatically young.
btw is it possible for this rover to last for 10 years like the MER Opportunity?

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btw is it possible for this rover to last for 10 years like the MER Opportunity?

the lunar thermal environment is much much worse than on Mars. I don't expect Yutu to last this much

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Yeah; I doubt it - the Moon's surface is drenched in far more radiation than Mars and the thermal night/day cycles per month are pretty harsh. If it lasts two or three times the design life, I don't think anyone would be unhappy.

I'm just loving the pictures! The early lunar morning light and colour palette of tans reminds me eerily of Apollo 11's time at Tranquility Base... :)
« Last Edit: 12/15/2013 09:19 AM by MATTBLAK »
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tonight beijing time 10.30pm have Lander and rover photo shooting session. possible will have live cover from CCTV.

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A more complete descent video. But I think we still have not seen the complete sequence

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btw is it possible for this rover to last for 10 years like the MER Opportunity?

the lunar thermal environment is much much worse than on Mars. I don't expect Yutu to last this much
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.

I don't know expected life of electronics under Moon radiation environment, but for 14 days per month Yutu only receives Galactic Cosmic Rays, completely shielded from solar wind by the whole Moon.

Anyway it just came to my mind they should have sent the rover close to one of the "moon caverns" recently discovered, rather than "just somewhere just to test our technology"!! :-(

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tonight beijing time 10.30pm have Lander and rover photo shooting session. possible will have live cover from CCTV.
which should mean 14:30 UTC.
Wich probably well become 11:30 UTC so it already happened. ;-)
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Thanks to big effort by Emily in copyingpastincopyingpastincopyinpasting :-) I was able to create this full coverage of rover deployment:


Hi-res version is currently uploading to my site, stay tuned! :-)
http://is.gd/change3
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Hi-res version is currently uploading to my site, stay tuned! :-)
http://is.gd/change3
Youtube English version:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziakx2_Ird0&feature=youtu.be
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Youtube English version:
Nice job, thanks!
« Last Edit: 12/15/2013 11:32 AM by Skylab »

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Far more coverage of this in the media than the last Chinese manned flight, but a fair chunk of this coverage seemed about analysing the political & economic meaning of the landing for China than the actual event itself.

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I don't know expected life of electronics under Moon radiation environment, but for 14 days per month Yutu only receives Galactic Cosmic Rays, completely shielded from solar wind by the whole Moon.

I'm no expert on interplanetary plasmas, but it's my understanding that the large-scale turbulence of the solar wind is such that a substantial flux reaches the moon's surface even during the lunar night.

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CCTV  News reports live coverage to begin in about an hour from now (1430).

Process of taking pictures from different locations around the lander expected to take up to 20 hours due to terrain.

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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.

Not expire, just become a smaller prize.. and yes, they cancelled that.

Ah, many thanks for that.

cheers, Martin

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http://english.cntv.cn/live/

Special broadcast just started

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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
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They're about to show pictures on CCTV

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