14 December 2013
CHINA SUCCESSFULLY SOFT-LANDS PROBE ON THE MOON
BEIJING (AP) — China on Saturday successfully carried out the world’s first soft landing of a space probe on the moon in nearly four decades, the next stage in an ambitious space program that aims to eventually have a Chinese astronaut set foot on the moon.
The unmanned Chang’e 3 lander, named after a mythical Chinese goddess of the moon, touched down on Earth’s nearest neighbor following a 12-minute landing process.
The lander carried a six-wheeled moon rover called “Yutu,” or “Jade Rabbit,” the goddess’ pet. After touching down Saturday evening on a fairly flat, Earth-facing part of the moon, the rover was slated to separate from the Chang’e eight hours after landing and embark on a three-month scientific exploration.
China’s space program is an enormous source of pride for the country, the third to carry out a lunar soft landing after the United States and the former Soviet Union. The last one was by the Soviet Union in 1976.
“It’s still a significant technological challenge to land on another world,” said Peter Bond, consultant editor for Jane’s Space Systems and Industry. “Especially somewhere like the moon, which doesn’t have an atmosphere so you can’t use parachutes or anything like that. You have to use rocket motors for the descent and you have to make sure you go down at the right angle and the right rate of descent and you don’t end up in a crater on top of a large rock.”
State-run China Central Television showed a computer-generated image of the Chang’e 3 lander’s path as it approached the surface of the moon, explaining that for about a 12-minute landing period it would have no contact with Earth. As it was just hundreds of meters (yards) away, the lander’s camera broadcast images of the moon’s surface.
The Chang’e 3’s solar panels, which are used to absorb sunlight to generate power, opened soon after the landing. The Chang’e 3 will set up antennae that will transmit pictures back to Earth.
A soft landing does not damage the craft and the equipment it carries. An earlier Chinese craft orbited and collected data before intentionally crash-landing on the moon.
The Chang’e mission blasted off from southwest China on Dec. 2 on a Long March-3B carrier rocket.
China’s military-backed space program has made methodical progress in a relatively short time, although it lags far behind the United States and Russia in technology and experience.
China sent its first astronaut into space in 2003, becoming the third nation after Russia and the United States to achieve manned space travel independently. In 2006, it sent its first probe to the moon. China plans to open a space station around 2020 and send an astronaut to the moon after that.
“They are taking their time with getting to know about how to fly humans into space, how to build space stations … how to explore the solar system, especially the moon and Mars,” Bond said. “They are making good strides, and I think over the next 10, 20 years they’ll certainly be rivaling Russia and America in this area and maybe overtaking them in some areas.”
29 November 2013
Planet X following Ison ?
After the death and resurrection of Comet Ison on November 28 2013, interest is rising yet again after amateur astomoners ´looked left`. The image shows what appears to be a Sun sized object on Nasa`s very own Stereo A Camera. Although the images have since been scrubbed, it is alledged that at least 4 people were dismissed for the image leak. There is nothing to suggest the size of the object as there is nothing to compare it to, or how close was it to the Stereo A Camera ? We do know though, that the camera was taken offline.
Most of the cameras running on the that day were recorded by amatuers, who had opportunity to match up the images of before and after scrub. Whilst the whole world was looking right, the watchers also had the opportunity to look left. Nasa knew when the timing would be right and when to get the attention of the World to look into the Sun as Ison was making its approach. In the video, you can see the images of the recordings. It is huge. It takes your breath away. When a solar flare is produced by the Sun, it creates shadow and lights up brilliantly this object, and so far, there is nothing at all to suggest this is lens flare; especially on the close up images.
When Ison emerged from the other side of the sun, coming within 684, 000 miles of the Sun, it carried with it 21 significant pieces. However, scientists at Nasa have declared Comet Ison officially dead.. they call it `dead on arrival`, to be streaked past the Earth as glourious ice, rock and dust, disintegrated into millions of fragments. The reality is though, that Ison is now effectively a ball of shrapnel, the debris trail is huge, and we have to go through it. When is Nasa going to come clean, or do we have to wait for a repeat of the event in Russia last February for Twitter to come alive and inform the World ? Is anybody going to give the World a heads up ? More than ever, Fireballs in the sky are being reported on a daily basis, and only last week we were reading of a 7 year old boy in the US having his head stitched due to falling peasized `objects`.
The general concensus of concern outside of Nasa does not seem to be that any of the 21 pieces actually hits Earth, but of the debris trail itself. Even though Ison will pass 41 million miles above us, which is approximately half distance to the sun, the tail will continue to keep fanning out. The Meteor in Russia damaged 1700 buldings, injured 1200 people. That hit a frozen lake in the moutains in Siberia, miles from civilization.
There is no doubt that the Journey of Comet Ison will continue to be followed, but what is now following Ison ? Whether it is Planet X, Nibiru or Wormwood, is there now something out there that Nasa can no longer hide, something that will make a mans heart fail out of fear ?