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Chang'e 3: Lunar Day 3 and onwards, Ongoing discussion of the Rover/Lander mission
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post Feb 11 2014, 10:10 AM
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The China Space facebook page reports the lander has awaken (Link).
I haven't heard anything about the rover.
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post Feb 11 2014, 02:07 PM
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I've no news I'm afraid, but I do have a question: The lander itself has instruments for UV astronomy and plasmasphere investigations. If Yutu has gone to the land of eternal crunchy lettuce, how long will the lander mission continue to run without the rover?


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post Feb 11 2014, 02:51 PM
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The lander was intended to last for a year. It doesn't need the rover - and the rover doesn't need the lander, it could be completely independent as they hoped it could travel several km away from the lander.

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post Feb 11 2014, 03:13 PM
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Thanks Phil. It's good to know the lander is designed to run for a year. I was as much wondering if the Chinese space agency would consider the lander investigations worth the effort and money of running on their own, or if they were just a sideshow to the rover that would be kept going as part of the overall budget of rover/lander mission, but not as just a lander. Paranoia, perhaps, but sometimes these things are politically influenced and the reasons why experiments are turned off aren't always clear.

I'm going to have to uncross some things for Yutu, I'm starting to ache...…..

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post Feb 12 2014, 01:42 AM
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QUOTE (marsbug @ Feb 11 2014, 10:07 PM) *
I've no news I'm afraid, but I do have a question: The lander itself has instruments for UV astronomy and plasmasphere investigations. If Yutu has gone to the land of eternal crunchy lettuce, how long will the lander mission continue to run without the rover?


CE-3 Lander will run one year , while china engineers had thought extended to two year
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post Feb 12 2014, 02:14 AM
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http://news.sohu.com/20140211/n394783771.shtml

The little video on this site doesn't tell me much but it does include some glimpses of images we have not seen before - rocks near the lander with a lower sun angle.

I have also seen a statement that there will be a news release tomorrow.

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post Feb 12 2014, 10:59 AM
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Loss of lunar rover
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China's first lunar rover, Yutu, could not be restored to full function on Monday as expected


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post Feb 12 2014, 12:29 PM
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Mods: Understood.
Rest well little rabbit, may your memory be honoured by many successors.


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post Feb 12 2014, 01:24 PM
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QUOTE (Hungry4info @ Feb 12 2014, 06:59 PM) *


Doesn't sounds like a convincing source. I think that unless Xinhua News et al. release something, we probably can't be sure that it's gone. And all the official sources are still silent (even for the lander!)....... huh.gif


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post Feb 12 2014, 01:35 PM
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QUOTE (Cosmic Penguin @ Feb 12 2014, 09:24 PM) *
Doesn't sounds like a convincing source. I think that unless Xinhua News et al. release something, we probably can't be sure that it's gone. And all the official sources are still silent (even for the lander!)....... huh.gif


And just after I wrote that there's this news claiming that the rover is showing "signs of activity" - with Xinhua News shown as the source! So maybe it's not dead? rolleyes.gif (remember that we don't even know what happened to it!)


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post Feb 12 2014, 01:49 PM
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From Xinhua this morning: "Bunny seems getting better, there is evidence that he is awake, we will see." But no further details are disclosed.

http://news.sina.com.cn/c/2014-02-12/21222....shtml?wbf=more (in Chinese)
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post Feb 12 2014, 01:54 PM
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Official Xinhuanet have gave us some good news:
http://t.qq.com/p/t/385354002655232
http://t.qq.com/p/t/362386008552526
一位正在抢救小兔子的嫦娥三号任务核心人员刚才用嘶哑的声音、兴奋的语调告诉记者:“小兔子情况趋好,有点再醒的迹象,再等等。”这是自上月25日玉兔进入月夜以来记者第一次听到积极消息。小兔子,加油!师傅们,你们辛苦了!记者余晓洁

turns well, a signs of Yutu‘s activity,Yutu begin awake?
It's first good news last from January 25,Please wait for a while
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post Feb 12 2014, 05:21 PM
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"Official news: Yutu is still alive! Mission control is busy working on it. Please give more time." smile.gif
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=675...e=1&theater


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post Feb 12 2014, 05:33 PM
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From my understanding of CNSA's habit, this (a very brief Xinhua news; CNSA remains silent) may mean that they got another 14 days trying to deal with the mechanical breakdown.

If they have fixed it, I don't see a reason for them to hold the news...

But anyway, the reconnection is good and encouraging. At least there are chances to solve the problem.
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post Feb 12 2014, 06:13 PM
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Hurrah! Let us hope Yutu has made it through the night without too much damage. Good luck to the mission control team.


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