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Garrison
2013-Aug-29, 01:42 PM
Surprised this hasn't got a thread already. China has announced it intends to launch an unmanned lander and rover to the moon by the end of the year. BBC Articles on the subject:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23870765

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-23874524 (video)

Launch window
2013-Aug-30, 12:52 AM
interesting, thanks for this

ravens_cry
2013-Aug-30, 09:13 AM
Dang, when you put 'Lunar Lander' in the the tread title, I was hoping for something like the LK or LM. Still, this, this is cool too, and I wish them all the best with it.

Paul Wally
2013-Aug-30, 11:59 AM
Surprised this hasn't got a thread already. China has announced it intends to launch an unmanned lander and rover to the moon by the end of the year. BBC Articles on the subject:


Do you know what landing site they decided on? A polar landing would be interesting.

Chloe79
2013-Aug-30, 01:27 PM
I hope this works out, China seem to be the only nation left to have an interest in getting off world. When was the last time we actually went to the moon?

samkent
2013-Aug-30, 03:42 PM
It will be interesting to see if they use better parts than the stuff I recieve through Fleabay.

Polyrealastic Observer
2013-Aug-30, 06:31 PM
I hope this works out, China seem to be the only nation left to have an interest in getting off world. When was the last time we actually went to the moon?
Chloe, it's true we haven't sent landers to the moon in decades, but considering we have two working rovers on the surface of Mars right now, I'd hardly say we were stuck on earth. ;)

Swift
2013-Aug-30, 07:49 PM
Chloe, it's true we haven't sent landers to the moon in decades, but considering we have two working rovers on the surface of Mars right now, I'd hardly say we were stuck on earth. ;)
And NASA is about to launch a new lunar orbiter

LINK (http://www.nasa.gov/content/nasa-prepares-for-first-virginia-coast-launch-to-moon/index.html)

The small car-sized Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) is a robotic mission that will orbit the moon to gather detailed information about the structure and composition of the thin lunar atmosphere and determine whether dust is being lofted into the lunar sky. A thorough understanding of these characteristics of our nearest celestial neighbor will help researchers understand other bodies in the solar system, such as large asteroids, Mercury, and the moons of outer planets.

Garrison
2013-Aug-30, 08:13 PM
I hope this works out, China seem to be the only nation left to have an interest in getting off world. When was the last time we actually went to the moon?

If by we you mean the USA then there was the LRO (http://lro.gsfc.nasa.gov/), LCROSS (http://lcross.arc.nasa.gov/) and GRAIL (http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/grail/home.cfm)in recent years.

Gemini
2013-Aug-31, 10:13 PM
I'm very much looking forward to LADEE.

The Chinese probe looks interesting as well.