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Phil Stooke
post Jan 3 2019, 09:04 PM
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I am setting this up to record activities of Yutu 2, but it looks as if this will be difficult unless we start to see more data releases. As soon as LRO images the lander (and the image is released) I can put a rough background on the map. When descent images of the actual site are released thay can be improved on. Until then this will be very simple.

Let me know if you see any signs of maps or feature names, including in the background of a TV broadcast or on a forum.

Meanwhile, a first contribution. So simple it's almost not necessary, but you have to start somewhere. So rough I am not including a scale yet.

I welcome anyone else's maps as well.

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Phil Stooke
post Jan 4 2019, 06:13 PM
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A second drive on Jan. 4. By the end of the first lunar day it will seem more useful to have a map!

EDIT: the new location is being called point A. On the previous mission the first stop was X, then each stop for the next few drives were A, B, C and so on.

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Phil Stooke
post Jan 11 2019, 08:08 AM
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Here's a first crack at a proper route map. They will presumably turn west rather than east as the preliminary (probably pre-landing) plan suggested.

I will deal with scales etc. when I can get to it.

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post Jan 11 2019, 07:08 PM
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Jan. 11 update. I am still working on getting the scale right but Gonetoplaid's scaled image in the other thread will help a lot.

The screenshot of a map - if enlarged - shows the site labels X, A, A', B.

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post Jan 11 2019, 11:17 PM
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With new data and images, a new map. The base is now a mosaic of descent frames (with room for more details to be added), and the scale is shown by the 10 m grid. The path is redrawn to fit the new base. I hope this will be good for a couple of lunar days. please let me know if you see any mistakes or if you find anything I should add to the map.

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post Jan 12 2019, 01:26 PM
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Looking at the selfies posted from the rabbit earlier it looks to have circled round to the rear of the lander having first gone west. Look at the rover tracks heading south from the lander.

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post Jan 31 2019, 07:34 PM
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According to tweets from China including this one:

https://twitter.com/ShanghaiEye/status/1090927343311286273

and post 1679 on this forum:

http://www.9ifly.cn/forum.php?mod=viewthre...3D1&page=84

Yutu 2 appears to have moved 8 m northwest from the last position I knew about. Accordingly I have updated my route map:

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Keep in mind the way information is released. You can expect to see a lot of iterations of this map as bits of news appear from various sources. It is possible the latest drive was the last before the lunar night began. EDIT - I have concluded that the drive did in fact take place before the lunar night, and changed the map accordingly.

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post Jan 31 2019, 07:38 PM
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LRO should be taking its image of the site today; should make your job at least temporarily a bit easier once that's down-linked and released
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post Feb 4 2019, 08:45 AM
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CCTV screen shots posted on the 9ifly forum show more drives this lunar day which are mapped here. My date labels may need a bit of editing but this is the best i can do right now.

Phil

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EDIT - added a link to the forum page with the screenshots. Look at the next page as well for a picture of the lander taken about noon last lunar day.

http://www.9ifly.cn/forum.php?mod=viewthre...3D1&page=87


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post Feb 4 2019, 01:47 PM
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Hi Phil,

I tried to locate the screenshots on chinese forum you mentioned, but ...unfortunately I've got nothing.. Could you please post here few screeens you're talking about? Thanks in advance.


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post Feb 4 2019, 02:54 PM
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QUOTE (Phil Stooke @ Feb 4 2019, 09:45 AM) *
CCTV screen shots posted on the 9ifly forum show more drives this lunar day which are mapped here. My date labels may need a bit of editing but this is the best i can do right now.
Phil

Thank you very much Phil wheel.gif wheel.gif wheel.gif wheel.gif
By the way, do you know how far Yutu 2 is able to explore within reach of radio contact with its lander ?
Or can it rove far away and transmit its data via the relay satellite ?
Thanks in advance for your answers and with warmest regards, VM
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post Feb 4 2019, 07:27 PM
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Yutu can communicate with the relay on its own. It is designed to operate far away from the lander.

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post Feb 5 2019, 06:49 AM
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QUOTE (Phil Stooke @ Feb 4 2019, 08:27 PM) *
Yutu can communicate with the relay on its own. It is designed to operate far away from the lander. Phil

Thanks Phil smile.gif
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post Feb 5 2019, 07:50 AM
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The last date on my map above should be 1 Feb., not 2 Feb. - now I have seen a better source image I can see the date. We are now in the noon siesta period.

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post Feb 5 2019, 09:18 AM
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Just looking at the path it's taking, I would say the rover drivers prefer level ground.
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