Video: A Closer Look at the China’s Chang’e-4 Lunar Mission

Video Caption: China’s Chang’e-4 lunar mission was launched by a Long March-3B rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, Sichuan Province, southwest China, on 7 December 2018, at 18:23 UTC (8 December at 02:23 local time). The Chang’e-4 (嫦娥四号) lunar mission (lander and rover) is scheduled to land in the Aitken crater, located in the Aitken Basin, in the South Pole region on the far side of the Moon.

  • Robert G. Oler

    impressive

  • AdmBenson

    India is next up with a lunar rover. The Chandrayaan-2 mission is planned for the end of January 2019. Third place will probably go to Russia which has a Luna-Glob lander mission planned for 2021.

  • duheagle

    NASA’s recently ginned up CLPS program should see multiple American landers and rovers on the Moon well before 2021.

  • savuporo

    NASA cancelled Lunar Prospector a couple months ago, intended to fly in 2021.

  • Robert G. Oler

    unlikely

  • duheagle

    Far likelier than that Resource Prospector would have been ready to go in 2021. Trump and Bridenstine are both interested in the Moon. Obama famously was not. Resource Prospector was proceeding desultorily not only because that was NASA’s standard pace on everything during the Obama-Bolden era, but because Prospector was, in essence, flying under the radar in making any progress at all – it had no influential patrons.

    CLPS involves an initial tranche of nine companies. Even if some fail to produce, others will come thru and yet others will take the places of the dropouts as Orbital Sciences did Rocketplane Kistler anent COTS back in the day. CLPS represents both a speed-up and an elimination of single points of failure for lunar lander/rover/prospector efforts over the next few years compared to the program it supplanted.

  • Robert G. Oler

    . Trump and Bridenstine are both interested in the Moon.

    there is nothing but rhetoric that supports that. the Trump space program is essentially the obama space program except the rhetoric for ARM has been replaced with the rhetoric with the Moon.

    there is no substantive change in spending or policy…they are all stuck on SLS/Orion…

    its a typical Trump …all talk little truth and no action

  • duheagle

    The CLPS program, and especially the dispatch with which it is being conducted says otherwise.

    Trump and Bridenstine are “stuck on SLS-Orion” for the same reason Obama and Bolden were – neither of these Presidents and NASA Administrators cared or cares to spent the political capital it would take to end the thing. That’s unfortunate. But SLS-Orion is a lot wobblier than it was even a year or two ago. Trump and Bridenstine may yet be fortunate enough for new factors – mainly the advent of Super Heavy-Starship – to alter the correlation of forces sufficiently to make euthanizing SLS-Orion finally doable.

  • Lee

    “We hope it will land during the sunlight period”…

    WTF? You *HOPE*??? Hell of a way to run a space program. On “hope”… It’s not like how to land on the Moon at an exact time wasn’t figured out decades ago. Long before anything ever went there. The mind boggles.

  • Kevin

    Hey, calm down cowboy! Apparently you know nothing about Chinese language. The translation was not matching the original Chinese language the guy spoke. “We expect” will be a better translation in this case. Chinese space program is never carried out in random fashion. The Lunar program has been carried out meticulously step-by-step. This is what your “boggled-mind” could not comprehend unfortunately.

  • Lee

    The word “expect” isn’t any better in this case. These events are assumed to be planned to occur at an exact time. Using vague words like “hope” and “expect” is useless. It has nothing to do with my ability to translate Chinese, and everything to do with the translation provided to us on the video. Apparently you also missed my sarcasm…