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Re: Chinese Space Projects
« Reply #90 on: January 03, 2019, 08:22:42 am »
Here is Yutu 2 rolling off the ramp onto the Moon surface:

https://weibo.com/2656274875/Hai4yAj6E

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Re: Chinese Space Projects
« Reply #91 on: January 11, 2019, 02:15:55 am »
Panoramic images and short interview with Li Chunlai, commander in chief, Chang'e-4 ground application system



Yutu II and Chang'e 4 lander take pictures of each other

English CGTN stream


Chang’e-4 landing (Onboard Camera View)

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Re: Chinese Space Projects
« Reply #92 on: January 15, 2019, 11:29:56 pm »
Chang’e-4 spacecraft enter lunar nighttime, China planning future missions, cooperation

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On future activities Wu told reporters that China would be involved in the Russian Luna 26 lunar orbiter mission, which would then play a part in potential Chinese lunar South Pole landings.

As part of a new stage of lunar exploration the Chang’e-7 mission, to launch in the early 2020s, will involve “comprehensive exploration of the lunar South Pole,” including landscape, composition and space environment. Chang’e-8 will continue with existing tasks at the pole but will also test key technologies on the lunar surface, possibly together with international partners. The missions were described as being in the conceptual design phase.

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More immediately it was stated that China will launch the Chang’e-5 lunar sample return mission by the end of the year, followed by launch of the Mars orbiter and rover in July or August 2020.

It was not stated that both these depend on a successful return-to-flight of the heavy-lift Long March 5 rocket, currently expected in Q2 2019. Chang’e-5 was expected to fly in November 2017 but was delayed by the failure of the second Long March 5 in July that year.

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Re: Chinese Space Projects
« Reply #93 on: January 16, 2019, 02:18:56 am »
The sole imperative of a government, once instituted, is to survive.

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Re: Chinese Space Projects
« Reply #94 on: January 16, 2019, 03:35:52 am »
China's Moon mission sees first seeds sprout (BBC News)

I did not realize that China had put seeds on board Chang'e-4, interesting that they have survived the journey to the moon and now have sprouted.   B)

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Re: Chinese Space Projects
« Reply #95 on: January 16, 2019, 09:22:09 am »
Moon sees first cotton-seed sprout

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One of the cotton seeds carried to the moon by China's Chang'e-4 probe is the first ever to sprout on the moon, according to scientists of a mini biosphere experiment on Tuesday.
After making the first-ever soft landing on the far side of the moon, China's Chang'e-4 mission pioneered the first mini biosphere experiment on the moon.
Professor Xie Gengxin, of Chongqing University and chief designer of the experiment, said a canister installed on the lander of the Chang'e-4 probe contained the seeds of cotton, rapeseed, potato, and arabidopsis, as well as eggs of the fruit fly and some yeast, to form a simple mini biosphere.

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Re: Chinese Space Projects
« Reply #96 on: January 16, 2019, 11:49:11 am »


I did not realize that China had put seeds on board Chang'e-4, interesting that they have survived the journey to the moon and now have sprouted.   B)

Yeah, now we'll see how long their biological payload will be able to survive.  They planned a small ecosystem in it where plant payload will feed bunch of silkworms which in turn produces the CO2 needed by plant for photosynthesis and make O2.


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Would be marching to the beat of his own drum, if he didn't detest marching to any drumbeat at all so much.