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China to the Moon - Chang'e 1 and 2, Chinese unmanned lunar orbiters
yaohua2000
post Oct 14 2007, 04:05 PM
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QUOTE (nprev @ Oct 14 2007, 09:06 AM) *
Huh. Well, it seems that we should have at least a week's notice before launch, then; gotta give people time to get there, make reservations, etc.


I booked a seat last Friday, and they told me I will be notified 3 days before the launch.
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post Oct 15 2007, 01:44 AM
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Thanks for the info, Yao.

Gee, that's sure not much time to arrange travel & find accomodations, though; hopefully there are a lot of hotels nearby & good transportation available to the site.


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post Oct 15 2007, 10:19 PM
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Does the China Agency Space follow same rules as the NASA for launching rockets? No cloudy, no much winds, and so forth

However, I have checked the weather forecast for Xichang city up to October 25. From now up to Oct 25, there will be showers and light rain. The precipitation chance does not lower than 60% for all these days.

10-Day Business Travel Forecast for Xichang, China.
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post Oct 16 2007, 09:55 PM
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Now they have narrowed down and announced the date for next week...

Chang'e launch news item
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post Oct 17 2007, 05:00 AM
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QUOTE (SpaceListener @ Oct 16 2007, 06:19 AM) *
Does the China Agency Space follow same rules as the NASA for launching rockets? No cloudy, no much winds, and so forth

However, I have checked the weather forecast for Xichang city up to October 25. From now up to Oct 25, there will be showers and light rain. The precipitation chance does not lower than 60% for all these days.

10-Day Business Travel Forecast for Xichang, China.


The space center is located 45 km northeast to Xichang city, however.
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post Oct 22 2007, 04:58 PM
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071022/ap_on_...8FC6.RQ7VSs0NUE

Not much longer now!


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post Oct 24 2007, 03:25 AM
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I have arrived in Xichang city at 2007-10-24 08:02 CST (2007-10-24 00:02 UTC) this morning, and will take bus to the satellite launch center at noon.

It was raining lightly here this morning, but now the sun is shining. Hope it launch on time.
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post Oct 24 2007, 04:50 AM
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It would be good if you can blog the launch. The things that go on in a Chinese launch would be interesting to hear about in comparison to other launches.
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post Oct 24 2007, 09:24 AM
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China's CCTV-9 channel is broadcasting live rolleyes.gif
http://www.cctv.com/english/index.shtml


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post Oct 24 2007, 09:50 AM
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QUOTE (4th rock from the sun @ Oct 24 2007, 10:24 AM) *
China's CCTV-9 channel is broadcasting live


Tried, but can't get that on our system. Can you post what's happening?
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post Oct 24 2007, 10:20 AM
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FLASH: CHINA'S LUNAR PROBE CHANG'E-1 BLASTS OFF

China launched its first lunar probe on Wednesday, first step into its ambitious three-stage moon mission, marking a new milestone in the country´s space exploration history.

According to Xinhua

Congratulations China!!! laugh.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif


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post Oct 24 2007, 10:31 AM
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I'm watching via satellite :-) So far so good, nice 3d rendered real time animation of the probe as is flies over the tracking stations and ships. The probe has now separated from the booster and all seems ok! The animations show telemetry exchanges from and to the probe from tracking ships over the Pacific, and the probe doing course corrections.

Low earth orbit is achieved!


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post Oct 24 2007, 10:33 AM
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First image of the launch!

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Full video of the launch can be seen here

Full video of the launch is now avaiable...


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post Oct 24 2007, 10:52 AM
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The spacecraft is now in a high earth orbit in preparation for subsequnet trans-lunar engine firings....

Xinhua says: "The Chang'e-1 moon orbiter has entered into a 16-hour orbit at 205 km perigee and 50,930 km apogee, statistics from the Beijing Aerospace Control Center (BACC) shows. The 2,300-kg satellite will experience four accelerations and is expected to enter earth-moon transfer orbit on Oct. 31 and arrive in the moon's orbit on Nov. 5. "
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post Oct 24 2007, 10:58 AM
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Congratulations to the People's Republic of China! biggrin.gif



Why do I have this funny feeling that this is just the beggining of something extraordinary?... smile.gif


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