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Yutu Route Map
Phil Stooke
post Dec 15 2013, 04:30 PM
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First route map! I will keep it going, mostly on LROC images, as I need it for a future project. I am still working on an accurate scale.

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post Dec 16 2013, 06:34 PM
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Now that we have six wheels on soil we need a dedicated route map thread smile.gif The usual route map thread rules apply -- no chit-chat in there, keep it clean for just map updates.


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post Dec 16 2013, 10:30 PM
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Could we re-post the landing site location images here, so all the relevant mapping material is in the one place?
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post Dec 17 2013, 10:27 PM
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Yes, we can.

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post Dec 19 2013, 11:53 AM
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Thanks, Thorsten and Phil,

I watched a lot of CNTV live stream after the deployment of Yutu, and in one of the interviews an engineer showed a map of the early stages of the
Rover's intended route. It showed a curved route going down the east side of the lander, which was said to be in order to photograph the sunlit side of
the Lander (which makes sense). It then came in behind the south side of the Lander (I think they said to photograph the Chinese flag on the Lander ), and
made a short move directly further south. There were 3 or 4 stops marked with blobs, indicating mutual photo stops.

Unfortunately this was up too fast for me to get a screen grab. I have searched the several clips from that coverage here and elsewhere, but that
part does not appear to be one that was clipped and posted for later re-play.

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post Dec 19 2013, 12:00 PM
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You can find it here

Or by looking down this page :

https://www.facebook.com/ChinaSpace


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post Dec 20 2013, 08:18 PM
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Based on the new panorama, this is what I would suggest for a map update.
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post Dec 20 2013, 08:38 PM
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I agree... I was holding off until I knew which date the new images were taken, but I'm sure you are right.

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post Dec 21 2013, 03:51 AM
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My update of the map...

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Phil Stooke
post Dec 21 2013, 11:11 PM
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I have modified the map to include the 21 December drive and also to fit the new Chinese map.

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Phil Stooke
post Dec 22 2013, 03:23 PM
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Update to 22 December - but the exact location is not certain and is subject to correction (as it will usually be)

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post Dec 23 2013, 03:22 PM
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Total distance travelled to date, according to Xinhua today...

"The six-wheeled rover started moving again after shutting down its subsystems on Dec. 16, and has traveled
about 21 meters as of 8:05 p.m. Beijing Time on Saturday, according to the BACC."
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post Dec 24 2013, 08:37 AM
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QUOTE (Phil Stooke @ Dec 22 2013, 04:23 PM) *
Update to 22 December - but the exact location is not certain and is subject to correction (as it will usually be) Phil

Phil you are definitely one of the BEST planetary cartographers in the world.
I mean it : you succeed so well in adding locations on the Moon for a probe and its rover for which we have barely (as Westerners) no hi-res imaging data at all (and I would say with no access to an outreach policy as we have in Europe or in the USA).
CONGRATULATIONS, Phil ! (and Merry XMas)
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post Dec 24 2013, 09:24 PM
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this link (in Chinese) gives some details of the future objectives of Yutu's traverses:
http://news.xinhuanet.com/mil/2013-12/24/c_118692396.htm
a "large stone pyramid" about 42 meters SW of the lander, the a high ground to the W and a crater 10 m to the N.
the link also gives some detail of the driving sessions.


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post Dec 24 2013, 10:06 PM
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The pyramid will be the large rock in the corner of my route map (and its pyramid shape well seen in the circular pan I posted). The high ground is most likely the rim of the 60 m diameter crater west of the lander, bristling with rocks in the panorama view. The other crater is probably the blocky one just north of the lander. After that the article says they are contemplating a strategic path for long term objectives.

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