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Merlin5
2007-Aug-10, 10:23 PM
Gotta love the way they refer to the moon as 'the planet'

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=070810101658.qtxtup2l&show_article=1

01101001
2007-Aug-11, 05:20 PM
China Daily: China: One step closer to the Moon (http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2007-08/11/content_6022342.htm)



China announced on Friday that its Moon probe project has entered the launching phase, and the satellite and the carrier rocket are ready for launch.

The China National Space Administration said on Friday that the first lunar orbiter, Chang'e I, and the carrier rocket, a Long March 3-A, have both passed testing.

[...]

Zhang didn't specify the launch date.

Hmph, no countdown-and-launch thread for you, then!


The Moon orbiter, Chang'e I, will provide 3D images of the Moon's surface, probe the distribution of 14 usable elements on the Moon, study lunar microwaves and estimate the thickness of the Moon's soil, earlier reports said.

This is only the first phase of China's Moon probe program.

The entire program is divided into three phases - "circling the Moon", "landing on the Moon" and "back to Earth".

Wikipedia: Chang'e 1 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chang'e_program)
NASA Chang'e 1 Mission Profile (http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/missions/profile.cfm?MCode=CHANGE1)

Historical BAUT Topic: China plans Moon exploration - more news (http://www.bautforum.com/space-exploration/3860-china-plans-moon-exploration-more-news.html)

Ronald Brak
2007-Aug-11, 05:22 PM
The entire program is divided into three phases - "circling the Moon", "landing on the Moon" and "back to Earth".

And mind you do it in that order this time.

01101001
2007-Aug-11, 05:27 PM
This could be very bad for the NASA hoaxmeisters, though, when in the future China reports not a trace of any Apollo gear on the Moon.

Or, did NASA pay off the Chinese to go along with the gag, like the Russians?

(Warning: the sentiments above may contain some exaggerated lies.)

mugaliens
2007-Aug-12, 08:47 PM
Every inch, huh? I wonder what they mean by "survey?" Photographs with precise distance calibrations? Almost certain. Elevation measurements via radar? Possibly.

Nicolas
2007-Aug-12, 08:51 PM
The entire program is divided into three phases - "circling the Moon", "landing on the Moon" and "back to Earth".

Unless they develop some serious manned lunar base technology, I hope that the manned aspects of phase 2 and 3 aren't years apart... ;)

Launch window
2007-Sep-01, 09:39 AM
Every inch, huh? I wonder what they mean by "survey?" Photographs with precise distance calibrations? Almost certain. Elevation measurements via radar? Possibly.


VIDEO

Chang'e-1 lunar probe (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqAarZ-Mxnk)

mugaliens
2007-Sep-01, 02:02 PM
VIDEO

Chang'e-1 lunar probe (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqAarZ-Mxnk)

Hey! Who turned the Earth on it's side? :lol:

My main concern is how much this parallels Heinleins earlier novels of the Moon and who winds up with it...

Maksutov
2007-Sep-02, 07:11 AM
Gotta love the way they refer to the moon as 'the planet'

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=070810101658.qtxtup2l&show_article=1

It's obviously a hoax. China's metric.

01101001
2007-Sep-03, 04:46 AM
It's obviously a hoax. China's metric.

Guess what. Chinese Inch (http://chineseculture.about.com/library/character/bl_zi00028.htm)

(Chinese Foot (http://chineseculture.about.com/library/character/bl_zi00161.htm) = 10 Chinese Inches, so it is decimal)

Maksutov
2007-Sep-03, 06:53 AM
Guess what. Chinese Inch (http://chineseculture.about.com/library/character/bl_zi00028.htm)

(Chinese Foot (http://chineseculture.about.com/library/character/bl_zi00161.htm) = 10 Chinese Inches, so it is decimal)Wow, that's some inch, especially if your pulse is well up your forearm! I must remember that.
Barkeep, it's almost time. At least I've still got a pulse. But for some reason it's about 10 cm from my wrist. Just put put a little more of that single-malt Scotch in my glass, say about one Chinese inch.Meanwhile.
(http://lamar.colostate.edu/%7Ehillger/internat.htm)