China's Space Program News Thread

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    Notice in all the CNSA released moon pictures how the color and texture of the lunar surface and the tracks of the rover always look different from those of the Apollo era.

    In this picture, it even has a pinkish-brown tint at the center of the picture.



    https://www.space.com/china-moon-far-side-lander-rover-chang-e-4-milestone.html
    On Far Side of the Moon, Chinese Lander and Rover Hit One-Year Mark.



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    China's Yutu 2 rover leaves tracks on the far side of the moon. The rover and its Chang'e-4 lander hit the one-year mark on the moon on Jan. 3, 2020.
    (Image: © CNSA)




    China hit a historic milestone on the moon Friday (Jan. 3) as its Chang'e 4 lander and rover celebrated their first full year exploring the lunar far side.

    The Chinese Chang'e 4 moon lander and its rover Yutu 2 officially completed their 13th lunar day on Thursday (Beijing time), according to the state-run Xinhua news agency. The pair has switched to a dormant mode to sleep through the lunar night, according to the Lunar Exploration and Space Program Center of the China National Space Administration (CNSA).

    launched to the moon on Dec. 8, 2018 and made the first-ever soft landing on the far side of the moon on Jan. 3, 2019. The spacecraft touched down in in the Von Kármán crater at the lunar South Pole-Aitken Basin, where they have been ever since.

    A record-breaking moon rover
    As of Friday, the Yutu 2 rover has driven 1,173 feet (357.695 meters) on the moon's far side, according to China's state-run Xinhua news service. Yutu-2 (it's name means Jade Rabbit-2) has worked much longer than its initial three-month design life, becoming the longest-working rover on the moon.

    "The scientific instruments on the lander and rover worked as planned. The rover conducted explorations of several sites and photographed and conducted an infrared detection of a stone on the lunar surface, said the center," Xinhua wrote of the mission Friday.

    Chang'e-4 mission scientists have christened their landing site Statio Tianhe, Xinhua stated. "Tianhe" is Mandarin for the Milky Way and "Statio" is Latin for station.



    China's Yutu 2 rover leaves tracks on the far side of the moon. The rover and its Chang'e-4 lander hit the one-year mark on the moon on Jan. 3, 2020. (Image credit: CNSA)
    Chang'e-4's Yutu 2 rover has made several discoveries on the moon's farside. Among them, it found that the lunar regolith around the Chang'e-4 lander contains the minerals olivine and pyroxene, which came from deep inside the moon.

    With Chang'e-4 on the far side of the moon, CNSA has been relying on a relay satellite called Queqiao, which is stationed beyond the moon in a stable Lagrange point about 310,685 miles (500,000 kilometers) from Earth. Zhang Lihua, the satellite's chief designer, said it could last another 10 years, according to Xinhua.
    "We will let the Queqiao work as long as possible. It could also provide communication for probes from other countries if they intend to explore the moon's far side within the lifetime of the satellite," Xinhua quoted Ye Peijian, a Chinese Academy of Sciences researcher and a senior space expert, as saying.

    While the Chang'e-4 mission continues, China is looking ahead to its next lunar mission: Chang'e-5.

    That new mission, which is expected to launch sometime in 2020, will launch another lander and rover to the moon on a mission to return lunar samples to Earth.
     
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    More high-resolution images from the dark side of the Moon.

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    https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2020/01/long-march-3b-launch-opens-chinas-busy-2020-schedule/
     
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    A tremendous image of CZ-11 launch.

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    https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2020/01/long-march-2d-kuanfu-1-co-passengers/
     
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    correction to nasaspaceflight article:

    Kuanfu-1 is Jilin-1, not separate. Kuanfu does not mean "wide band" but means "broad frame" or broad FOV (field of view). 宽(kuan)幅(fu) = broad frame/view.

    The confusion is because Jilin-1 is not A satellite but rather constellation. So far, including "Kuanfu-1" there are 16 Jilin-1 satellites in orbit.

    Kuanfu-1
    AKA "red_flag-1-H9". Sub-metre super wide frame optical remote sensing.
    Based on previous Jilin-1 platform, new features include large aparture, large FOV, long focal length and off-axis three-mirror reflector.
     
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    China going to Mars:

    https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2020-international-mars-exploration/
     
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    https://twitter.com/EL2squirrel/status/1219248956414103552

    China Next Generation Spaceship
    Length:8.8 meter
    Weight:21.6 tonne
    it has arrived Wenchang space center, and it will be launched in april 2020 by Long March-5B

    According to CAST's Vice Chief Designer of the next generation crew spacecraft, this prototype will be on a 3 day mission in orbit ending with the spacecraft making a high speed re-entry test from a high elliptical orbit (a la Orion EFT-1). The spacecraft will have a LEO version (reported at ~14 tonnes) and a BLEO version (~21 tonnes) that will only differ in the service module; this prototype is of the BLEO version.
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    China’s new crewed spacecraft to be reusable
     
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