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Chang'e-3 Lunar Rover Landing Slated For 13:40 UTC Saturday 90

Posted by timothy
from the easy-does-it dept.
savuporo writes "The Chinese Chang'e-3 probe will be landing on the moon [Saturday], 13:40 UTC. CCTV is likely to carry the event live as they did for initial launch. According to technical overview of the mission scenario and instruments, the landing will be fully autonomous with active landing hazard avoidance, which is the first time this has been attempted on any planetary landing. More real-time updates can be found on Twitter with ChangE3 hash tag and NASASpaceFlight forums live event section."
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Chang'e-3 Lunar Rover Landing Slated For 13:40 UTC Saturday

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  • Become part of the action :)
    http://moonlander.seb.ly/ [moonlander.seb.ly]

  • by Anonymous Coward

    "the first time this has been attempted on any planetary landing." The moon is a planet? When did that happen?

    • by Anonymous Coward

      It ate Pluto's heart to gain its powers when the IAU downgraded Pluto.

  • So will people claim this moon landing is fake too?

  • Steaming video link (Score:5, Informative)

    by Zanadou (1043400) on Saturday December 14, 2013 @08:20AM (#45688369)
    There's some good live coverage of it here as of right now: http://english.cntv.cn/live/p2p/index.shtml [english.cntv.cn]
  • We're all counting on you.

  • Congratulations on the first successful lunar landing of the century China!
  • successful landing (Score:4, Interesting)

    by condition-label-red (657497) on Saturday December 14, 2013 @09:17AM (#45688541) Homepage
    The landing has been successful! Yeah, humans!
  • To watch the live feed I'm being asked to install CNTVLive2 plugi

    http:/// [http] player . cntv . cn /flashplayer/config/plugins/npCNTVLive2_Linux_64.xpi

    I think not.

    There seems to be a custom compression algorithm used for
    http://player.cntv.cn/flashplayer/logo/Loading.swf?v=2012.11.28.1&v=0.3890230686354875la [player.cntv.cn]

    mplayer/xine/vlc don't like it.

    In Firefox and Chromium it shows a loading page but stops at 80-something percent.

    • I got that warning and noped on out of there, then I found http://english.cntv.cn/live/p2p/index.shtml [english.cntv.cn]. Presumably, the Chinese government is not interested in monitoring western computers.
    • by bityz (2011656)
      I'm watching it fine 3.11.0-14-generic #21-Ubuntu SMP Tue Nov 12 17:04:55 UTC 2013 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux Firefox 25.0.1 I do have some browser plugins installed including VLC, Divx, shockwave
  • Successfully landed (Score:5, Informative)

    by david.given (6740) <dg.cowlark@com> on Saturday December 14, 2013 @09:33AM (#45688605) Homepage Journal
    CCTV's live coverage showed a textbook landing and solar array deployment, including some very shiny live pictures from the descent imager. Next steps are self-testing, instrument deployment and releasing the rover, which they've said will take up to 24 hours. Although I'd imagine that they'll release images from the panoramic mast camera as soon as possible.
  • Build laundry mat next to Walmart.

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