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China to the Moon - Chang'e 1 and 2, Chinese unmanned lunar orbiters
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post Oct 24 2007, 11:25 AM
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everyone's going back to the moon! yay!
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post Oct 24 2007, 11:32 AM
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We indeed seem to be off to our second Renaissance of lunar exploration. I welcome the exposure and interest to our nearest neighbor. biggrin.gif

Here's a spacedaily.com article.
http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Asias_sp..._probe_999.html
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post Oct 24 2007, 11:53 AM
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7059356.stm
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post Oct 24 2007, 12:52 PM
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Latest News:

China's first lunar probe Chang'e-1 solar panels was unfolded as planned.


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post Oct 24 2007, 01:00 PM
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http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/content/?cid=5262

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By Rui C. Barbosa, 10/24/2007 5:08:55 AMAt the beginning of a 35 minute launch window that opened at 10:05 UTC, a CZ-3A Chang Zheng-3A (CZ3A-15) was launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre, located in Southwest China's Sichuan Province, carrying the first Chinese lunar probe, Chang'e-1 (ChangEr-1).
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After leaving Earth orbit on October 31, Chang'e-1 will initiate a five day journey until arrive into lunar orbit on November 5. The first image of the surface is expected at the end of November.



Upcoming robotic Lunar landers and Sample returns ?

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With this, China has three objectives: to orbit the Moon, to land on the Moon and to return a sample of the Moon. These objectives will be achieved by, firstly, to launch Chang'e-1 to orbit the Moon, secondly, to launch a spacecraft that will deploy a lunar lander to explore the lunar surface, and thirdly, to implement a sample return mission on the basis of the previous spacecraft.


Details of Chang'e instruments and objectives

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The scientific objectives of Chang'e-1 are to obtain three-dimensional images of the lunar surface, precisely ascertain the basic structures and physiognomy of the lunar surface, and to initially map out the lunar geology and structural elements to provide information for the follow-on soft landing.

Objectives also include the ability to detect and analyze the content and distribution of useful elements and types of materials on the lunar surface; to detect the characteristics of lunar soil and calculate the depth of lunar soil on the surface; to explore the space environment between the earth and the moon, and to record initial solar wind data and study the effect of solar activities on earth-moon space environment.

The Chinese probe is equipped with six payloads, with a total of 25 devices in eight instruments. These include and optical imaging system (CCD stereo camera and interferometer spectrometer imager), laser altimeter, Gamma and X-Ray spectrometers, Microwave detector, a space environment monitoring system (with a high-energy solar particle detector and a low-energy ion detector), and a system for the payload data management.

To achieve all its objectives, the Chang'e-1 will have to be manoeuvred to a specific orbital path around the Moon. The probe will achieve a low lunar polar orbit within altitudes of 100 km to 200 km.


There is also talk of a new line of Heavy Lift Rockets. Might not be long before we see some manned circumlunar flight in the Shenzhou, I wonder if they will be reading from Genesis or Leon Trotskiy's books ? laugh.gif
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post Oct 24 2007, 01:54 PM
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QUOTE (remcook @ Oct 24 2007, 07:25 AM) *
everyone's going back to the moon! yay!


I'm also excited about this so-called "Moon race", but I am keeping a wait-and-see attitude concerning Chang'e. Secretive as the Chinese are, we may only get a few spectacular pictures published for propaganda purposes, and not much else. I hope not, because after 35 years of waiting, I'm starved!
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post Oct 24 2007, 02:54 PM
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I hope this is the beginning of a sustained effort by China.


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post Oct 24 2007, 04:11 PM
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so far the chinese have kept their promises and their schedule doesn't look too insane, though there's bound to be some slips. they seem to have a quite ambituous, but realistic program.
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post Oct 24 2007, 11:46 PM
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smile.gif Congrats & a big thank you to the people of China! Looking forward to the imagery...


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very nice ed on the Asian Moon race in today's Nature
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v450/...ll/450002a.html
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post Nov 5 2007, 03:54 PM
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Trip to Xichang, part 1
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post Nov 5 2007, 04:23 PM
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In orbit! smile.gif


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post Nov 5 2007, 07:55 PM
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Moreover: ESA transmits first-ever telecommands to Chinese lunar satellite:
http://www.esa.int/esaCP/SEMQVVMHE8F_index_0.html
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post Nov 7 2007, 04:56 AM
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Chang'e-1 reaches its final working orbit.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-11/...ent_7023941.htm
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post Nov 8 2007, 12:49 PM
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yaohua2000,

That's one heck of a train journey! Glad you made it. Look forward to the next installment.

Rob
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