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China's New Space Reactor 'Will Be 100 Times More Powerful Than a Similar Device NASA Plans To Put on the Surface of the Moon by 2030'

Hmmmmmm writes: China is developing a powerful nuclear reactor for its moon and Mars missions, according to researchers involved in the project. The reactor can generate one megawatt of electric power, 100 times more powerful than a similar device Nasa plans to put on the surface of the moon by 2030. The project was launched with funding from the central government in 2019. Although technical details and the launch date were not revealed, the engineering design of a prototype machine was complet...
Tags: China, Tech, Nasa, Mars, South China, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Yutu


Marines in this aircraft squadron deploy and fly with a big stuffed tiger named Tyreese

VMM-262 Marines with a large stuffed tiger named Tyreese. Courtesy of USMC A Marine unit released a video of an aircraft squadron preparing for takeoff with a large stuffed tiger. The video never explained the tiger, but Insider learned that his name is Tyreese. The stuffed tiger is part of a long tradition of stuffed tigers going back to the 1950s. See more stories on Insider's business page. There is a Marine Corps aircraft squadron that deploys with a rather large stuffed tiger.The ...
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China celebrates third year of operations on the far side of the moon

Chang'e-4 and Yutu rover are still exploring, and NASA will need their support satellite China has celebrated the beginning of a third year of exploration on the far side of the moon.…
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China's Rover Finds Layers of Surprise Under Moon's Far Side (slashdot)

The Chang'e-4 mission, the first to land on the lunar far side, is demonstrating the promise and peril of using ground-penetrating radar in planetary science. From a report: China's robotic Chang'e-4 spacecraft did something last year that had never been done before: It landed on the moon's far side, and Yutu-2, a small rover it was carrying, began trundling through a crater there. One of the rover's instruments, a ground-penetrating radar, is now revealing what lies beneath. In a paper publishe...
Tags: News, China, Nasa, Houston, Chang, Yutu, Msmash, Von Karman, Lunar and Planetary Institute, Elena Pettinelli, Rome Tre University, David A Kring


China's Rover Finds Layers of Surprise Under Moon's Far Side

The Chang'e-4 mission, the first to land on the lunar far side, is demonstrating the promise and peril of using ground-penetrating radar in planetary science. From a report: China's robotic Chang'e-4 spacecraft did something last year that had never been done before: It landed on the moon's far side, and Yutu-2, a small rover it was carrying, began trundling through a crater there. One of the rover's instruments, a ground-penetrating radar, is now revealing what lies beneath. In a paper publishe...
Tags: China, Tech, Nasa, Houston, Chang, Yutu, Von Karman, Lunar and Planetary Institute, Elena Pettinelli, Rome Tre University, David A Kring


What the Hell Is China Doing on the Dark Side of the Moon?

One year ago last month, a Chinese robot touched down on the dark side of the moon. It was the first probe to land on the side of the moon that permanently faces away from Earth as both bodies circle around the sun. And if Beijing realizes its ambitions in coming years, it won’t be the last time it makes history—and threatens U.S. dominance in space.The Chang’e 4 probe and the Yutu 2 rover it carried have stayed busy photographing and scanning minerals, cultivating cotton, potato and rapeseeds, ...
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Olivine-norite rock detected by Yutu-2 likely crystallized from the SPA impact melt pool

Chang'E-4 research team lead by Prof. Yangting Lin from Key Laboratory of Earth and Planetary Physics, Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, suggested that olivine-norite rock detected by the lunar rover Yutu-2 likely crystallized from the SPA impact melt pool. This work is published in National Science Review.
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On the Moon

Arrows point to the most recent lunar lander, China's Chang'e-4, and Yutu, a small rover it deployed on the far side of the Moon, in this image from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Several new lunar missions are scheduled for launch in the next few years. Despite decades of lunar missions, landing on the Moon still isn't easy, as the recent failure of India's Vikram lander demonstrated. [NASA] Moon and Aldebaran
Tags: Space, China, India, Nasa, Chang, Vikram, Yutu


China's Rover Reveals Moon's Hidden Depths

China's Chang'e-4 mission to the dark side of the moon has discovered signs of mantle material at the moon's surface, "effectively setting an 'X' on lunar maps for future explorers seeking this not-so-buried geological treasure," reports Scientific American. From the report: China's Chang'e-4 mission touched down near the south pole on the lunar far side on January 3, 2019, the first spacecraft ever to land intact on this largely unexplored region of the moon. Consisting of a lander and rover, t...
Tags: China, Tech, Beijing, Chang, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Yutu, Von Karman, Dawei Liu, South Pole Aitken SPA


China Far Side Lunar Rover Has Found Lunar Mantle Material on the Surface

China’s Chang’E-4 lunar far-side lander recently touched down in the Von Kármán crater to explore the floor of the huge SPA basin and deployed its rover, Yutu-2. They have found the presence of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: China, Innovation, Chang, Yutu, Von Karman


China’s lunar rover is helping to unravel a Moon mystery

The Chinese space program started 2019 with a major milestone when the Chang'e 4 lunar lander successfully touched down on the far side of the Moon. It was the first time any country had completed such a feat, the landing itself was just the first of many objectives China had for the mission.In the days that followed, the lander deployed a rover, snapped photos, and even grew some plants. Its rover had some work of its own to do as well, and a new research paper published in Nature reveals t...
Tags: Science, China, Moon, Spa, Chang, Aitken, Yutu, Von Karman


Chang’e-4 may have discovered material from the Moon’s mantle

The first science results from the unprecedented Chang’e-4 lunar far side mission are in. The mission’s Yutu-2 rover, deployed from the lander shortly after the Chang’e-4 landing on 3 January, has, with the help of the Queqiao relay satellite, returned data which suggests it has discovered material derived from the Moon’s mantle.
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Chang’e-4 Updates: Yutu-2 Roves into Overtime, Returns More Images

China’s Chang’e-4 lander and Yutu-2 rover are continuing to function well and have completed their fourth lunar day.
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Yutu-2 Rocks On into Lunar Day 3 for Chang’e-4 mission

China’s Yutu-2 rover is continuing to make tracks on the lunar far side.
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NASA captures best look yet at China’s lunar lander hanging out on the Moon

China started the year off strong by landing a lunar probe on the Moon's surface and deploying a tiny rover to do a bit of exploring. The country's space agency is the first to land such machines on the far side of the Moon that we Earthlings never get to see with our own eyes.NASA recently published images captured from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter showing the lander as a tiny pale dot against a sea of gray. It was a cool shot, but now we have an even better one, and it shows both t...
Tags: Science, China, Nasa, Earth, Moon, Chang, UTC, Yutu, LROC Narrow Angle Camera


Amazing NASA satellite photos show China's new lunar lander and rover on the far side of the moon

China recently landed the first-ever robotic mission on the far side (not "dark side") of the moon, called Chang'e 4. NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, a moon satellite, photographed the Chinese spacecraft on January 30. NASA published the first satellite image of China's landing site on Wednesday. The image shows the Chang'e 4 spacecraft on the floor of an expansive crater. China landed its Chang'e 4 lunar mission on January 3, setting down the first-ever robots on the moon's far side. M...
Tags: Congress, China, US, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Mark Robinson, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, Don, Chang, Robinson, Yutu, John Logsdon, Von Karman, LROC, LRO


Chang'e 4 Rover comes into view

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter got a closer look at Chang'e 4 on the lunar far side. This time the small Yutu-2 rover shows up (two pixels) just north of the lander. Also, shadows cast by the lander and rover are now visible.
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NASA has photographed China's new lunar lander on the far side of the moon — here's the first image

China landed the first robotic mission on the far side of the moon, called Chang'e 4, on January 3. NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, a moon satellite, photographed the Chinese spacecraft on January 30. NASA published the first satellite image of China's landing site on Wednesday. The image shows the Chang'e 4 spacecraft on the floor of an expansive crater. A month after China pulled off its historic Chang'e 4 mission, which landed robots on the moon's far side for the first time, NASA ha...
Tags: China, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Mark Robinson, Don, Chang, Robinson, Yutu, Noah Petro, Von Karman, South Pole Aitken Basin, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Researchers


NASA's lunar satellite has photographed China's lander on the far side of the moon — here's the first image

China landed the first robotic mission on the far side of the moon, called Chang'e 4, on January 3. NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, a moon satellite, photographed the Chinese spacecraft on January 30. NASA published the first satellite image of China's landing site on Wednesday. The image shows the Chang'e 4 spacecraft on the floor of an expansive crater. A month after China pulled off its historic Chang'e 4 mission, which landed robots on the moon's far side for the first time, NASA ha...
Tags: China, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Mark Robinson, Don, Chang, Robinson, Yutu, Noah Petro, Von Karman, South Pole Aitken Basin, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Researchers, Initially China


Chinese Rover and Lander Survive 1st Frigid Night on Moon's Far Side

China's Chang'e 4 lander and rover are in good shape following a cold spell on the moon. They were put to sleep as night fell roughly two weeks ago at the mission's Von Karman Crater landing site. The China National Space Administration (CNSA) announced on Thursday (Jan. 31) that the lander and rover both survived their first trial by ice. The rover, Yutu 2 ("Jade Rabbit 2"), woke up at about 7:00 a.m. EST (8:00 p.m. China time) Tuesday (Jan. 29), and the lander followed suit 24 hou...
Tags: Science, China, Nasa, Earth, David, National Geographic, Arizona State University, Chang, Xinhua, Zhang, Yutu, Leonard David, China National Space Administration CNSA, CNSA, China Academy of Space Technology, Magpie Bridge


Chang'e 4 wakes and Yutu 2 stretches its solar panels for another day... on the friggin' MOON

Opportunity still maintaining a Martian silence China’s Chang’e 4 lander and rover combo have awoken from their lunar slumbers after a chilly first night on the far side of the Moon.…
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Plants grown on Moon for first time paving way for lunar base

Plants have sprouted on the Moon for the first time in a mini biosphere paving the way for bases which produce their own food and air. Pictures of the first tiny green shoots of cotton were released by researchers at the Advanced Technology Research Institute at Chongqing University who are running the experiment on board the Chang'e-4 lunar lander. The Chinese space agency spacecraft became the first to make a soft landing on the far side of the Moon earlier this month. Plants and flowers h...
Tags: Science, China, Earth, International Space Station, Moon, European Space Agency, Chang, International Space Station ISS, Christopher Jones, Sweden Germany, Yutu, Tiangong, China National Space Administration, People 's Daily, Chongqing University, Von KArmAn Crater


In the 2020s, China aims to lay groundwork for a moon base — plus missions to Mars

Flush from the success of the world’s first rover mission to the moon’s far side, Chinese space officials said today that they’re planning robotic trips to the lunar south pole to prepare the way for a crewed moon base. The officials discussed future lunar exploration plans less than two weeks after the Chang’e-4 lander’s history-making touchdown, and only a few days after China’s space agency released video of the lander’s descent and lunar surface activities. Chang’e-4 and its solar-powered Yu...
Tags: Science, China, Mars, Chang, Yutu


China releases detailed 360-degree photo from the first mission to land on the far side of the moon

China recently landed the first space mission ever, called Chang'e 4, on the far side of the moon. The mission's landing spacecraft and Yutu-2 rover were sent to probe the moon's geology, seek out water, study the night sky, and even grow silkworms on the lunar surface. Both spacecraft recently woke up from a "noon nap" to survive searing-hot temperatures. The lander took a 360-degree, wrap-around picture of the landing site after waking up on Friday. China has released a detailed panoramic i...
Tags: China, Russia, Trends, Nasa, Don, Chang, Yutu, Space News, China National Space Administration, Leicester England, CNSA, South Pole Aitken Basin, Tamela Maciel, National Space Center


China's rover and lander on the moon's far side are taking a 'nap' to survive brutal surface temperatures

On January 3, China landed its Chang'e 4 spacecraft on the moon's far side — the first such mission in history. The mission's lander and Yutu-2 rover will probe the moon's geology, look for water, study the night sky for radio bursts, and even grow silkworms. However, it's now high noon on the far side of the moon, leading to blistering surface temperatures. Chinese officials have put the spacecraft into a "noon nap" to protect them, according to Space News. The maneuver also shows why the ide...
Tags: China, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Chang, Yutu, Space News, Von Karman, South Pole Aitken Basin, Zhang Yuhua


Communicating From the Far Side of the Moon

The far side of the moon (often mistakenly referred to as the “dark side” of the moon) never faces Earth due to the sphere’s elliptical orbit and synchronous rotation. For the first time, information—including a photograph—has been transmitted from the hemisphere by way of China’s National Space Administration’s Yutu-2 rover. While this might not seem like that big of a deal, it marks significant achievements and technological …
Tags: Space, Design, China, Tech, Satellites, The moon, Lunar, Linkaboutit, Yutu, National Space Administration, The Cosmos


The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: January 5, 2019

Fresh Snow on Red Barn Near Salmo, British Columbia, Canada. Haney The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: January 5, 2019 Welcome to our first Brunch of the new year! • • • The religious makeup of the new Congress Rashida Tlaib, a Michigan Muslim, the first Palestinian-American woman in Congress, is sworn in while placing her hand atop Thomas Jefferson’s personal copy of the Quran. Like the rest of U.S. society…the new Congress is a bit more diverse, with Christians making up 88 percent of the member...
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China’s Lunar Rover Yutu 2 Begins Exploring Far Side of the Moon

China’s rover Yutu 2 has begun exploring the far side of the moon after making a soft landing with the lander. The rover will used ground-penetrating radar to map the moon’s inner structures,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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Chinese Moon Rover Making Tracks on Lunar Far Side (Photo)

China's far-side moon rover is already busy exploring its exotic new home. The six-wheeled rover, known as Yutu 2, isn't pausing to catch its breath, as a newly released photo shows. Yutu 2 has already put a fair bit of space between itself and the lander, trundling over near the rim of a small crater on the floor of Von Kármán, which itself lies within an even larger impact feature — the 1,550-mile-wide (2,500 km) South Pole-Aitken Basin.
Tags: Science, China, Yutu, Von Karman


'This is more than just a landing': Why China's mission on the far side of the moon should be a wake-up call for the world

China landed a spacecraft, called Chang'e 4, on the moon's far side for the first in human history. A rover and lander will study lunar geology, look for water ice, scan the night sky for radio bursts, and even grow silkworms. But Chang'e 4 is just one mission leading to a sample return, a crewed lunar landing, and maybe even the construction of permanent moon bases. The moon mission can be seen as yet another sign of the erosion of the US' standing in science, technology, engineering, and mat...
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