China readies moon rover mission – People’s Daily Online

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A model of the lunar rover is on display at an in Shanghai this month. Wu spokesman for the State Administration of Technology and Industry for National said at a news conference on that the Chang-e’ 3 lunar will be launched in early The soft lunar landing be the first by any country in 37 years. Daily/Gao Erqiang)

BEIJING, 27 (Xinhuanet) — China is down to the launch of its first rover mission, which blast off early next

While final touches are put on the Chang’e-3 spacecraft and its carrier scientists cautioned that the to the moon is risky.

More 80 percent of the technology adopted in the is new, and with new technology and carrying out new tasks, there are great risks, said Li deputy commander in chief of the exploration program.

The mission represents the first China has attempted a soft on a celestial body, and also the time any lunar soft has been carried out since when other countries exploration, Li said on Tuesday in

After touching down on the surface, the unmanned craft unleash its roving vehicle, Yutu, or jade rabbit in In folklore, a white rabbit was the pet of goddess Chang’e. The modern will roam the moon’s to learn more about satellite, he said.

It could be a process for the rover to move the lander, Li told Tuesday’s conference.

The Chang’e-3 mission is the second of China’s lunar program, includes orbiting, landing and to Earth. It follows the success of the and Chang’e-2 missions in 2007 and The country expects to have an spacecraft return with samples by 2020.

Although the duo laid the foundation for the current Chinese scientists still limited knowledge of the moon, Li

Of the 129 lunar explorations conducted by countries, 49 percent failed, Li citing his agency’s analysis.

indicates that explorations do, carry significant risks, he

To ensure the success of this tracking and control networks been set up in areas including northwestern Xinjiang Uygur region and northeastern Heilongjiang Their capabilities are close to the world standard, Li said.

The Chang’e-3 mission makes use of a plethora of innovative technology. It is an difficult mission that great risk, Ma Xingrui, commander of the lunar program, Xinhua News Agency in

Chinese scientists have an experimental landing site in to test the functions of the lander, and have simulated moon-surface of the rover, Li said.

We have large numbers of tests in stage to avoid perils, and contingency plans based on tests. but after all, our soft-landing on the moon, so there are risks.

At the news conference, Li India on its recent successful of a mission to Mars — its first. He China is not competing with any country, but it is interested in peaceful

Pang Zhihao, executive of the monthly publication Space said China’s lunar must overcome many and difficulties for it to survive and operate landing in Sinus Iridum, or the Bay of on the moon’s surface.

The moon’s temperature range — from than 100 C during the day to as low as -150 C at — presents just one of many To work properly, the rover to maintain an internal operating range of -40 to 50 C, Pang said.

The system is crucial for the operation of the rover, he said.

In fact, power will be used the night to maintain the rovertemperature in the correct range, he

Wang Ya’nan, deputy at Aerospace Knowledge magazine, was

The Chang’e-3 mission will become one of the most important and events in humanity’s exploration of the since the United States its astronauts more than 40 ago, Wang said.

Wu a professor of astronomy at the University of said the new mission was a big step the orbiters China has sent to the moon.

I am impressed with the that this mission is with a telescope to observe the This is remarkable given the other technical hurdles had to be overcome. If the telescope can successfully it will be a world record, Wu

Abraham Loeb, chair of the Department at Harvard University, the landing site for China’s moon lander is in the vicinity of the A crater, which measures 8 km in In the distant past, material from deep in the crater up near the crater’s rim and can tell a about the moon’s composition.

The , equipped with four will patrol the surface for at three months. If it explores the of the crater, it will identify that originated deep the surface and provide new clues the moon’s history, Loeb

The lander will open a new age in exploration by China, he said.

Lei contributed to this story.

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