29 November 2013
Jia Yang, the Deputy Chief Designer of China's first lunar rover says about the mission: "China started four decades late in the lunar project, yet the rover design is not a simple copy of advanced nations. It combines an integration of modern technologies of electronics, machinery, and thermal control." He added: "China's lunar project will help accumulate experience and technology, which will be crucial for future projects. Making a soft landing and moon rover is a practical step for the long journey of China's space exploration."
The Chang’e-3 is just one more example of the country's increasing technological capabilities. For scientists, like Jia Yang, the next part of the space dream could be clear, sending astronauts to the moon.
27 November 2013
NOTAM and zarya.info confirm predictions on the launch window for Chang'e 3 on 1 December at about 17:20 to 17:40 UTC (2 December Beijing Time).
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26 November 2013
During a press conference on Tuesday in Beijing, Sun Huixian, Deputy Engineer-in-Chief in charge of the second phase of China's lunar programme said that if successful, the Chang'e 3 mission will mean China has the ability of in-situ exploration on an extra-terrestrial body. "China's space exploration will not stop at the moon," he said. "Our target is deep space."
Li Benzheng, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of China's lunar programme, added that China's space exploration does not aim at competition. "We are open in our lunar program, and cooperation from other countries is welcome," he said. "We hope to explore and use space for more resources to promote human development."
26 November 2013
Nature magazine published an lengthy article on the Chang'e 3 mission today. Most interesting feat is a lunar map showing the landing sites of Soviet and US-American lunar missions and the expected touch down region in the Bay of Rainbows for the Chang'e 3 lander.