China's plans to solve the mysteries of the moon

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Fifty years ago, on July 20, 1969, the world watched as Neil Armstrong walked on the Moon. Since then, space agencies around the globe have sent rovers to Mars, probes to the furthest reaches of our galaxy and beyond, yet humanity's curiosity and fascination with the Moon has never abated.

China, in collaboration with several countries, is now at the forefront of . In an article published on July 18 in Science, researchers laid out what the China Lunar Exploration Program (CLEP) has accomplished since their launch in 2007 and their plans into the next three decades.

"Fifty years after Neil Armstrong took, 'one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind' as the first human to set foot on the Moon, China's CE-4 lander and Yutu 2 rover left the footprints of humanity's first robotic visit to the surface of the far side of the Moon," said Li Chunlai, article author and the Deputy Director-General of National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academies of Science (NAOC).

The exploration of the far side of the Moon led to the unexpected discovery of possible lunar mantle material on the surface—a potential indicator of the severity of asteroid impacts in the early days of the Moon. The Chinese missions also led to the highest resolution global image and topographic data of the Moon to date.

"CLEP has brought Chinese lunar science to a great stage of development," Li said, noting the program has pushed technology forward with regard to lunar remote sensing, lunar geomorphology and lunar geology.

CLEP's next mission is set to launch in early 2020. Dubbed Chang'E 5 for the Chinese goddess, the goal of this mission is to collect lunar rock and soil that will be sent to Earth in a sample-return vehicle. It'll be the first sample-return mission of any country since 1976. This —bringing samples to Earth—signals the third phase of CLEP.

Li and his team hope these developments will eventually translate to great strides in scientific application through a Lunar Scientific Research Station. The plan is to have the station in place by 2030 to carry out technical verification and scientific validation of various experiments, with the ultimate goal of hosting astronauts for long-term stays on the Moon.

First, though, there's work to be done. CLEP's planned lunar exploration and scientific studies would be significantly limited by current technology, according to Li. While China has made remarkable progress through CLEP, international collaboration is critical for the next phase of lunar exploration.

"The Moon belongs to all of us. Just as the Apollo program played a positive role in promoting the development of human society, China will work with countries around the world in its forward-looking lunar and deep space exploration projects," Li said. "We hope to cooperate with other countries in the exploration, research and utilization of the Moon to jointly create a better future for humanity through achievements in space science and technology."


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More information: China's present and future lunar exploration program, Science (2019). DOI: 10.1126/science.aax9908
Journal information: Science

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Jul 18, 2019
Fifty years ago, on July 20, 1969

Roll forward 50 years to our present
China, in collaboration with several countries, is now at the forefront of lunar exploration
So
Now, after we Europeans not setting foot on this Moonchine
These nigh on 50 years
We
Have this cheek - The Moon belongs to all of us. Just as the Apollo program promoted development of society

When we Europeans have not set foot on this moon for 50 years
We are in no position to lecture these Chinese on how they approach this Moonchine
Foreth
These Chinese did not lecture Neil Armstrong
When he took, 'one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind

Jul 18, 2019
BTDT. The Flag is planted, the Moon claimed. Asiatics are late to the table. As-salamu alaykum

Jul 18, 2019
BTDT. The Flag is planted, the Moon claimed. Asiatics are late to the table. As-salamu alaykum
"...showing each of the two hemispheres of Earth... here men, from the planet Earth... we came in peace for   a l l   mankind" --Neil Armstrong, reading the plaque he had just deployed on the legs of the LEM.

So, the 'asiatics' were   t h e r e   too.

Jul 18, 2019
"Fifty years after Neil Armstrong took, 'one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind' as the first human to set foot on the Moon"

I take the minority position that what Armstrong (consciously) articulated was:

  'one small step for   a  man...' .

and further that what he   vocalized   was a few 10's of milliseconds lengthening of the rhotic 'r', common to his and many other Standard American English variants, as equivalent to an allomorphemic 'a'. Strongly supporting this semivowel-extension claim is his own recollection that he felt he   h a d   spoken the article.
Salient to this claim is his own statement that the famous sentence was not spontaneous, but that he had been mulling it over beforehand, and was prepared to say it, with the article.

Yes, I know the issue has been hacked to death for 50 years. It's just my two cents worth.

Jul 19, 2019
.......granville, what kind of swamp-like pile of noodles serves you as a brain? Whatever HUMANITY does concerns HUMANITY. What, you thought the world was made of country with closed borders, each keeping their pros and cons to itself, and not profitting or suffering from the decisions and acts of the others?
I was wondering if the way you write your comments was your only flaw. Seems the content is as concerning.

Jul 19, 2019
Now, after we Europeans not setting foot on this Moonchine
These nigh on 50 years


You moron, there were 6 Moon landings. Six you buffoon, spanning several years.

Jul 19, 2019
This Chinese Moonchine
Now, after we Europeans not setting foot on this Moonchine
These nigh on 50 years


Old_C_Code> You moron, there were 6 Moon landings. Six you buffoon, spanning several years.

That was the race to the moon
Where as
Now it is terra-forming this Moonchine
By
These Moonchinians

For after dominating this Moonchine way back when
We are now left out in the cold
Foreth, it is no longer a race to space – these Moonchinians are serious and here to stay

p.s. we are miffed at missing the these moon beams

Jul 19, 2019
That was the race to the moon
Where as
Now it is terra-forming this Moonchine
By
These Moonchinians
"From my mother's sleep I fell into the State,
And I hunched in its belly till my wet fur froze.
Six miles from earth, loosed from its dream of life,
I woke to black flak and the nightmare fighters.
When I died they washed me out of the turret with a hose."

Randall Jarrell, "The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner"

-wonder how granny granville got 500+ likes? Anyone who actually reads his bilge knows theres no content.

Pre-vote limit? Mutual stooge butt-rubbing?

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