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Chang'e 3 and LADEE updates -- and Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, too, for good measure

Emily Lakdawalla • December 05, 2013

Chang'e 3 is just about to land on the Moon, and the LADEE orbiter has begun a new science mission there, while Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is still producing amazing images.

Somewhere Over the Bay of Rainbows

Bill Dunford • December 02, 2013 • 4

Pay a visit to the Chang'e 3 lunar landing site.

Chang'e 3 departs for the Moon, with amazing images and video

Emily Lakdawalla • December 02, 2013 • 3

On December 1 at 17:30 UTC, Chang'e 3 launched atop a Long March 3B rocket on a direct lunar transfer trajectory. It is scheduled to enter orbit December 6 and land December 14. The rocket was equipped with cameras that recorded thrilling video of the launch and final departure of the probe.

Chang'e 3 ready to launch to the Moon

Emily Lakdawalla • November 30, 2013 • 5

A brief update on Chang'e 3, which is scheduled for launch December 2 at 01:30 China time, or December 1 at 17:30 UT / 09:30 PT.

Chang'e 3 may launch December 1 with Yutu rover, will not harm LADEE mission

Emily Lakdawalla • November 27, 2013 • 8

Yesterday the Chinese space agency held a press briefing about the Chang'e 3 lunar lander. They announced that the rover has been named Yutu (or "Jade Rabbit," a legendary companion of the goddess Chang'e). Although it will land during the LADEE mission, it will not harm LADEE's goals -- quite the opposite, in fact.

Space fan produces animated trailer for Chang'e 3 mission

Emily Lakdawalla • November 01, 2013 • 3

This animation is cool! It's not an official outreach product, just the hard work of a space enthusiast excited about the upcoming launch of Chang'e 3.

Chang'e 3 update: Rocket shipped to launch site; ten possible rover names announced

Emily Lakdawalla • October 28, 2013 • 5

China's Chang'e 3 lunar soft lander and rover are proceeding toward a planned December launch. The Long March-3B rocket departed Beijing for the Xichang launch facility yesterday, and is expected to arrive November 1. Meanwhile, 190,000 contest entries have been winnowed to a list of ten possible names for the rover.

Chang'e 3 proceeding toward December 1 launch

Emily Lakdawalla • August 28, 2013 • 2

News agencies are reporting that China's soft lunar lander and rover, Chang'e 3, has passed its final critical reviews and is now proceeding toward launch.

Chang'e 3 undergoing thermal vacuum testing

Emily Lakdawalla • May 09, 2013 • 5

China's lunar lander and rover are undergoing some of their last major tests and so are nearly ready for launch.

The Chang'e 3 lunar lander and rover, expected to launch late this year

Emily Lakdawalla • January 09, 2013 • 8

All of the information I could track down on China's planned Chang'e 3 lunar lander and rover, including videos and a brand-new artist's concept of the rover rolling across the Moon.

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