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China Launches Chang'e 3 Moon Probe

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Long March rocket blasts off with Chinese lunar rover

A six-wheeled robotic rover named Yutu rode a Long March rocket into space Sunday on China's first lunar landing mission, marking a successful start to a four-day journey to the moon.

The Yutu rover, mounted on a stationary rocket-powered landing platform, will touch down on the moon Dec. 14. If it makes it, the Chinese mission will be the first spacecraft to achieve a soft landing on the moon since 1976.

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Launch of Chinese Chang'e 3 Lunar Exploration Rover on Long March 3B

A Chinese Long March 3B rocket launched from the Xichang launch site in China carrying the countries first Rover destined for the Moon - Chang'e 3. Liftoff occurred December 1st 2013 at 17:30 UTC. Chang'e 3 contains a lander from which the Rover will deploy from after landing on the Moon surface on December 14th 2013. The Rover will be the first spacecraft in 37 years to make a soft landing on the Moon after Russia's Luna 24 mission in 1976.

The Rover weighs 120kg and is 1.5 meters tall, it's onboard systems allow it to transmit live video and also dig - performing soil analysis.

Source: SpaceVids.tv - YouTube Channel

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Very cool, congrats china I hope they find where we landed and take some pics.

Can you imagine there was no flag or trace of the Apollo landing that would stir the pot lol

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Very cool, congrats china I hope they find where we landed and take some pics.

Can you imagine there was no flag or trace of the Apollo landing that would stir the pot lol

That's not going to happen for two reasons.

Firstly Chang'e 3 and Yutu will be landing in an area of the Sinus Iridum not explored by Apollo.

Secondly the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has already imaged the Apollo hardware on the Moon.

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Ok thanks for the help waspie

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Let's get them to publish some pics from the backside of the moon and clear up this Clementine nonsense once and for all.

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Let's get them to publish some pics from the backside of the moon and clear up this Clementine nonsense once and for all.

How is a rover which is landing on the near side supposed to take images of the far side?

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Besides if the images of the lunar far side take by NASA's LRO, ESA's Smart-1, Japan's Selene, China's Chang'e-1 and Chang'e-2 and India's Chandrayaan-1 aren't going to stop people believing nonsens why would this mission?

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How is a rover which is landing on the near side supposed to take images of the far side?

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Besides if the images of the lunar far side take by NASA's LRO, ESA's Smart-1, Japan's Selene, China's Chang'e-1 and Chang'e-2 and India's Chandrayaan-1 aren't going to stop people believing nonsens why would this mission?

Well fine, mess up a perfectly good plan with things like logistics and technical details. :unsure2:

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So wait, we have a powerful rover on the moon but nobody speaks about? I am curios how much it cost and how much megapixels its camera has . How it is dealing with space radiations.

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So wait, we have a powerful rover that is likely to be better than curiosity

You are basing that assement on what exactly?

but nobody speaks about?

It's difficult to talk about it when the Chinese space programme is run by the military and tends to keep details of their missions secret.

I am curios how much it cost and how much megapixels its camera has .

I doubt you are alone, however see the answer above.

How it is dealing with space radiations.

Exactly the same way that every other space probe in history has dealt with it. Machines don't get cancer.

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