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Chang'e 4

Post by Sertorio » Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:50 am

China has succeeded the remarkable objective of landing a craft on the far side of the Moon. Which will greatly contribute to our knowledge of the Moon. Besides congratulating China's space agency, we should maybe stop underestimating China and its scientific capabilities, and stop thinking that China can only achieve things through the theft of US and European know-how.

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Picture of the far side of the Moon, taken by Chang'e 4

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Re: Chang'e 4

Post by lzzrdgrrl » Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:01 am

The Chang’e-4 probe, a program named after the Chinese goddess of the moon, landed and sent a close-up photo of the far side of the moon back to ground control via the Queqiao communication relay satellite.

Unlike the near side of the moon that always faces the earth and offers many flat areas to touch down on, the far side, or dark side, is mountainous and rugged.

This portion of the moon has never been reached by a man-made probe before, neither by the United States nor the former Soviet Union, even during the golden era of lunar exploration in the 1960-70s when the United States landed men on the other side of the moon.
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Re: Chang'e 4

Post by SteveFoerster » Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:58 am

Sertorio wrote:
Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:50 am
China has succeeded the remarkable objective of landing a craft on the far side of the Moon. Which will greatly contribute to our knowledge of the Moon.
Agreed that it's an impressive milestone. The engineers at the China National Space Administration deserve high fives all around.
Sertorio wrote:
Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:50 am
Besides congratulating China's space agency, we should maybe stop underestimating China and its scientific capabilities, and stop thinking that China can only achieve things through the theft of US and European know-how.
Well, they're still where the U.S. was a half century ago in this regard, but I have little doubt they'll catch up eventually, not just from the industrial espionage that you describe, but also because of "sea turtles" (Chinese students who study in the West and then return home to work) and now improvement of their own higher education system.
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Re: Chang'e 4

Post by Sertorio » Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:04 am

The rover Yutu - 2 has left Chang'e 4 and started rolling on the far side of the Moon.

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Re: Chang'e 4

Post by Sertorio » Sun Jan 06, 2019 4:29 am

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The Chang'e-3 lander, viewed from the Jade Rabbit/Yutu rover on Mare Imbrium. Chinese Academy of Sciences

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