China readies to launch first moon rover mission

Nov 30, 2013
This file photo shows a model of a lunar rover 'Jade Rabbit', seen on display at the China International Industry Fair in Shanghai, on November 5, 2013

China will launch its first ever moon rover mission on Monday, state media said, as Beijing embarks on the latest stage in its ambitious space programme.

A rocket carrying the vehicle, named "Jade Rabbit" in a nod to Chinese folklore, will blast off at 1:30 am local time (Sunday 1730 GMT).

"The Chang'e 3 is set to be launched for its moon mission from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center on Dec. 2," state broadcaster CCTV said on its verified Twitter account on Saturday.

Official news agency Xinhua also confirmed the launch date, citing officials at the satellite launch centre in Sichuan province.

If successful, the launch will mark a major milestone in China's space exploration programme, which aims to create a permanent space station by 2020 and eventually send someone to the moon.

"Apart from launching astronauts into space, this is probably the most complex space mission attempted by China," Australian space analyst Morris Jones told AFP.

"It will also make China only the third nation to soft-land a spacecraft on the moon."

Beijing sees its military-run space programme as a marker of its rising global stature and growing technological might, as well as the ruling Communist Party's success in turning around the fortunes of the once poverty-stricken nation.

China has previously sent two probes to orbit the moon, with controllers sending the first of them crashing into the lunar surface at the end of its mission.

This file photo shows a rocket being blasted off from the launch centre in Xichang, China's southwestern province of Sichuan, on October 1, 2010

Early in November, Beijing offered a rare glimpse into its secretive space programme when it put a model of its six-wheeled moon rover on public display.

The rover was later named "Yutu", or jade rabbit, following an online poll in which more than three million people voted.

The name derives from an ancient Chinese myth about a white rabbit that lives on the moon as the pet of Chang'e, a lunar goddess who swallowed an immortality pill.

Ouyang Ziyuan, head of the moon rover project, told Xinhua earlier this week that the ancient beliefs had their origins in the marks left by impacts on the lunar landscape.

"There are several black spots on the moon's surface. Our ancient people imagined they were a moon palace, osmanthus trees, and a jade rabbit," he said.

The rover's designer, Shanghai Aerospace Systems Engineering Research Institute, claims several technological breakthroughs with the vehicle.

The Shanghai-based institute, a unit of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp., which is linked to the military, says the advances include its "autonomous" navigation system and the way the wheels are able to grip the powdery surface of the moon.

It can climb inclines of up to 30 degrees and travel up to 200 metres (yards) per hour, according to the institute.

Chinese astrounaut, mission commander Nie Haisheng, speaks to students via video link, gathered at a school in Beijing, of June 20, 2013

The showcasing of the rover came on the same day that India was due to launch its first mission to Mars, aiming to become the only Asian nation to reach the Red Planet.

China's space programme has advanced significantly in the last decade. In October China marked the 10th anniversary of its first manned space flight.

When Yang Liwei orbited the Earth 14 times during his 21-hour flight aboard the Shenzhou 5 in 2003 Beijing was so concerned about the viability of the mission that it cancelled a nationwide live television broadcast of the launch at the last minute.

But since then, China has sent a total of 10 astronauts—eight men and two women—into space on five separate missions, and launched an orbiting space module, Tiangong-1.

The rapid, purposeful development of China's space programme is in sharp contrast with the US, which launched its final shuttle flight in 2011 and whose next step remains uncertain amid waning domestic support for spending federal dollars on .

Nonetheless, China is still behind the achievements of the US and Russia—both of which it has learned from.

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betterexists
1 / 5 (12) Nov 30, 2013
Wishing China All The Best which the SickIdiots should have done LONG TIME BACK!

Depending on where I read World is now bestowed with Only 1 Ton of RareEarth Metals (Almost all from Africa...for which reason those nations are meddled with) or only 200 Tons of Platinum-like Metals!

Everyone in the World is using Cellphones because of these alone!
betterexists
1 / 5 (12) Nov 30, 2013
I am really surprised that I am NOT reading this news yet either on Google News OR Yahoo News...except about some China Scrambling some Jets Whatever!

The way things are happening, Everyone i.e Everyone will be at China's REAR pretty soon for whatever tidbits that will keep Scrolling out!
betterexists
1 / 5 (12) Nov 30, 2013
If some bad happens to the mission, will be the Very First to come up with that News, of course. A Great Uncivilized Shameful Behavior, Indeed! What kind of Religion is it?
betterexists
1 / 5 (12) Nov 30, 2013
I meant Decades Back...if not 1/2 to 1 Decade Back; You get the Picture!
Someone else has to shoulder your burden, eh?
betterexists
1 / 5 (12) Nov 30, 2013
India is the second-largest mobile market after China;
Things are Changing.
Like a Fire.
A small flame at a corner to start with & engulfing the Entire Structure in just a couple of minutes!
Zephir_fan
Nov 30, 2013
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betterexists
1 / 5 (11) Nov 30, 2013
A small flame at a corner to start with & engulfing the Entire Structure in just a couple of minutes!


Are you taking drugs this morning? Well maybe you should Skippy. Don't worry about the rare earths shortage, I hear that Mr. Rossi can make them in his Mr Fusion Cat Alchemy Booster.

What all I can say about your comment...1 Person read mine for sure!
Zephir_fan
Nov 30, 2013
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betterexists
1 / 5 (9) Nov 30, 2013
I am certainly not claiming for any fame...just putting forth my opinions/ideas!
betterexists
1 / 5 (9) Nov 30, 2013
Wishing China All The Best which the SickIdiots should have done LONG TIME BACK!

Depending on where I read World is now bestowed with Only 1 Ton of RareEarth Metals (Almost all from Africa...for which reason those nations are meddled with) or only 200 Tons of Platinum-like Metals!

Everyone in the World is using Cellphones because of these alone!

A . Comma is missing after Depending on Where I read (past tense)
betterexists
1 / 5 (9) Nov 30, 2013
Getting Exact Information from the Media and also with Equal importance as soon as possible i.e as and when needed is also Essential.
"FIR lodged by Police who allege that many IT companies are making criminal and improper use of social platforms like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc to sway minds of common people and electorate to cheat them": Read on Times of India Nov 30, 2013 News Report
betterexists
1 / 5 (9) Nov 30, 2013
I am really surprised that I am NOT reading this news yet either on Google News OR Yahoo News...except about some China Scrambling some Jets Whatever!

The way things are happening, Everyone i.e Everyone will be at China's REAR pretty soon for whatever tidbits that will keep Scrolling out!

I Clicked on Science sections of Both Yahoo & Google news...I DO Find the Reports There. That's certainly Good..at least....if not found under headlines.
The Importance of this Venture by China cannot be underestimated; What is to be done with Mars for this Generation? ...May work out well for the Next Generation, though!
antialias_physorg
5 / 5 (3) Nov 30, 2013
Jesus, man... I can only agree with ZephirFan here: Lay off the meds

(or at least reread the jumble of words before you hit 'submit' in order to make sure that they actually form sentences)
betterexists
1 / 5 (10) Nov 30, 2013
Jesus, man... I can only agree with ZephirFan here: Lay off the meds

(or at least reread the jumble of words before you hit 'submit' in order to make sure that they actually form sentences)

Take your Jesus comments to Yahoo comments.
This is SciTech Website!
betterexists
1 / 5 (9) Nov 30, 2013
On BBC News it says Moon could be a "Beautiful" source of Minerals and Energy as per a Top Chinese scientist. Exotic materials including helium-3 and the potential for Solar power could prove Invaluable for humankind as per the same person and that is why China is fixated on the Moon!
TransmissionDump
5 / 5 (3) Nov 30, 2013
Is it just me or does Jade Rabbit looks like a counterfeit Martian rover.
OZGuy
1 / 5 (1) Nov 30, 2013
That rover looks extremely like one one we've seen before. Not accusing the Chinese of flagrant theft of IP just out observing ducks walking and quaking.

Digressing from the article:
The Chinese government just "cleaned the internet". That pretty well ensures anyone who lives in China or has a strong connection with China avoids commenting on international sites if they have a modicum of intelligence or common sense. It does free up bandwidth for the foolhardy or stupid to post inane comments ad infinitum.

http://www.reuter...20131128

Mike_Massen
2.1 / 5 (7) Nov 30, 2013
To those propagandists who have difficulty with physics & easily led by vociferous emotional complaints that US faked moon landings (& prob got idea from this http://www.imdb.c...t0077294 re Mars), it raises questions, not least of which:-

1. Why did Chinese & Russians & others say nothing about US moon landing being faked in 1969 ?
2. Will US complain Chinese faked it if they succeed in 'landing' ?
3. Will the Chinese be able to visit the US landing sites & inspect the reflectors ?
4. Will Russia then say they were there all along but kept it secret ?
5. Or will the Chinese start complaining the Russians will fake it too ?
6. NASA doesnt seem to care the Chinese will go to the moon, is that maybe because
they know its not that hard to get there ?

Its amazing that still so many can't appreciate there are reflectors on the moon
left behind or claim the Saturn-5 couldn't get there. One person didn't know Newton's Law
& that rocket can be turned off & use momentum !
antialias_physorg
5 / 5 (1) Dec 01, 2013
Is it just me or does Jade Rabbit looks like a counterfeit Martian rover.

It's a part of Chinese mentality: If you think something is good - copy it. In China making a copy is not something that is frowned upon. It is a sign of respect/admiration.

(Making a bad copy and selling it under the original name, however, is just a sign of greed - like everywhere else)
Egleton
1 / 5 (4) Dec 01, 2013
While the USA fades.
rockwolf1000
not rated yet Dec 02, 2013
"There are several black spots on the moon's surface. Our ancient people imagined they were a moon palace, osmanthus trees, and a jade rabbit," he said

High grade opiates must have been widespread in those days.
rockwolf1000
not rated yet Dec 02, 2013
Is it just me or does Jade Rabbit looks like a counterfeit Martian rover.

It's a part of Chinese mentality: If you think something is good - copy it. In China making a copy is not something that is frowned upon. It is a sign of respect/admiration.

(Making a bad copy and selling it under the original name, however, is just a sign of greed - like everywhere else)


I don't buy it. I consider it a form of laziness and cheating. If credit is not given to the original designer then the design has been stolen.