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Chang'e 3 landing and first lunar day of operations, Including landing site geology and localization
PaulH51
post Dec 14 2013, 07:02 AM
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Anyone aware of any plans to live stream any of the Chang'e landing process from its mission control center (similar to the launch)


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post Dec 14 2013, 07:04 AM
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QUOTE (Cosmic Penguin @ Dec 13 2013, 08:54 PM) *
The best annotated diagram of the lander and rover I have seen so far... rolleyes.gif

The two features labeled as "fuel tanks" are actually "high-pressure gas cylinders" for pressurization of the pressure-fed propulsion system.
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post Dec 14 2013, 07:05 AM
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Any idea how low Earth will be in the sky to the cameras? Sinus Iridium is even farther from the sub-Earth point than Apollo 17 was, and I know it was lower in the sky from Taurus-Littrow than any of the other landing sites.
Also depends on how high the cameras can be pointed too!
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post Dec 14 2013, 07:42 AM
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QUOTE (PaulH51 @ Dec 14 2013, 08:02 AM) *
Anyone aware of any plans to live stream any of the Chang'e landing process from its mission control center (similar to the launch)
As usual, think of Emily's blog: http://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily-lakda...g-tomorrow.html


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post Dec 14 2013, 11:34 AM
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QUOTE (climber @ Dec 14 2013, 03:42 PM) *

Many thanks


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post Dec 14 2013, 12:19 PM
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QUOTE (Explorer1 @ Dec 14 2013, 07:05 AM) *
Any idea how low Earth will be in the sky to the cameras?


I estimate around 40 degrees above the horizon, based on the co-ordinates of the intended landing site.
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post Dec 14 2013, 12:29 PM
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Live coverage is up and running on CCTV English edition.

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post Dec 14 2013, 12:55 PM
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Thanks, Astro0! (Stayed up all night since Ms. Nprev wanted a night on the town. Turns out that she can't drink NEARLY as much as me, so she's beddy-bye. Me, I GOT to see this happen!) wink.gif


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post Dec 14 2013, 12:55 PM
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from the map they showed on CCTV it looks like CE3 is heading to the eastern edge of the landing site, and into Mare Imbrium, close to crater Le Verrier instead of Sinus Iridum
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post Dec 14 2013, 12:59 PM
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stealing borrowing a picture site from NASAspaceflight showing the targeted landing site
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post Dec 14 2013, 01:01 PM
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Chang'e 3 on final descent.

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post Dec 14 2013, 01:05 PM
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Descent apparently proceeding well thus far. (Odd that there are also something like '7 minutes of terror' to do a lunar landing, just like a Mars landing...)


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post Dec 14 2013, 01:08 PM
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Heart in mouth time!

Good luck all!
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post Dec 14 2013, 01:14 PM
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Touchdown! A spacecraft is now transmitting data from the surface of the Moon!


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Touchdown!
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