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Chang'e 4 farside landing mission
Phil Stooke
post Apr 24 2018, 09:39 PM
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Interesting that Google translates that website to give the relay satellite name 'Bianqiao', but all other sources - AND using Google to translate just the characters for that name, give 'Queqiao'. The names mean Magpie Bridge (relay) and Dragon River (the two small satellites), and there are numerous tweets and stories out there today giving the background.

Late in the year we will presumably get a name for the new rover.

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post May 20 2018, 10:08 PM
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The relay satellite was just launched successfully.

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post May 20 2018, 10:23 PM
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Ah, thanks, Phil! Was wondering; didn't seem to be a live feed available anywhere.


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post May 20 2018, 10:29 PM
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Someone at the site pointed their phone at a screen, and streamed it out via a Chinese media platform; looks like the micro-satellites also separated successfully.
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post May 21 2018, 09:30 AM
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Video 1 of launch, or Video 2 (with different aspect view).

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post May 25 2018, 10:40 PM
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It seems all is well with our new mission - the relay satellite has passed the Moon and is on its way to its L2 halo orbit. The two little moon orbiters are in lunar orbit. Hoping for an image or two from the Saudi camera on one of them.

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post May 27 2018, 09:56 PM
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Twitter: Jonathan McDowell @planet4589 2 hours ago

So it looks like Longjiang-2 (DSLWP-cool.gif is in a 350 x 13800 km x 21 deg lunar orbit. Longjiang-1 seems to have failed on May 21 and presumably remains in distant Earth orbit following its lunar flyby
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I spoke prematurely in my last post - all seems well with the other two spacecraft but Longjiang 1 failed. The small camera is on Longjiang 2. I see some reports that radio enthusiasts will be able to download images from the camera, but I don't know the details yet.

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post Jun 13 2018, 07:30 AM
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"Are we there yet?" wink.gif
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post Jun 14 2018, 04:16 PM
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We are!

http://spacenews.com/change-4-relay-satell...in-lunar-orbit/

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post Jun 14 2018, 05:49 PM
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QUOTE (Phil Stooke @ Jun 14 2018, 05:16 PM) *

Cool!
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post Jun 14 2018, 06:53 PM
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Hayabusa twitter aggregator
http://win98.altervista.org/hayabusa2/TwitterAggregator.html
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post Jun 14 2018, 07:00 PM
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Nice pic, but it's not new.
It's from Chang'e-5 T1, from october 2014.

This one is new, from the Longjiang-2 micro satellite.
The camera has captured its place of origin, Saudi Arabia. smile.gif

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post Jun 14 2018, 07:13 PM
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Andrew Jones's observations are always useful for reference/updates.

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post Jun 15 2018, 06:51 AM
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Better images from Saudi Arabia camera onboard Longjiang-2 satellite, the only survivor of the two small satellites launched together with Queqiao:




http://www.planetary.org/blogs/jason-davis...earth-pics.html
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