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1. Amazing Chang'e 3 descent video

(Web Page; Mon Dec 16 13:24:00 CST 2013)

China landed on the Moon on Saturday, and here is an amazing video of that descent onto the lunar surface. The mountains on the horizon are the Montes Recti. The Chang'e 3 lander is decelerating at an angle until about 2:50 when it can b...

Description: Watch and enjoy this full video of Chang'e 3's descent onto the lunar surface.

2. Chang'e 3 proceeding toward December 1 launch

(Web Page; Wed Aug 28 11:01:00 CDT 2013)

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. Here are three reports (one in English, two in Chinese): China to launch unman...

Description: 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.

3. Chang'e 3 ready to launch to the Moon

(Web Page; Sat Nov 30 10:04:00 CST 2013)

Another brief mission status update: Here's China's official announcement that Chang'e 3 is set to launch tomorrow -- December 2 at 01:30 China time, or December 1 at 17:30 UT / 09:30 PT. I first reported this as just a rumor, but it's n...

Description: 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.

4. Chang'e 3 and LADEE updates: Yutu active again, LADEE didn't detect landing

(Web Page; Fri Dec 20 18:09:00 CST 2013)

Several people pointed me to a new update from CCTV containing a full 360-degree panorama around the Chang'e 3 lander. This is very cool, but my interest in it is tempered by the poor quality of the images being shared. We're looking at ...

Description: Chinese state television broadcast a display of a Chang'e 3 lander image; the Yutu rover is awake; and LADEE reports a surprising non-detection of the Chang'e 3 landing.

5. Space fan produces animated trailer for Chang'e 3 mission

(Web Page; Fri Nov 01 16:11:00 CDT 2013)

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. For an up-to-date report on plans for the mission -- including speculation that its l...

Description: 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.

6. Chang'e 3 has arrived in lunar orbit

(Web Page; Fri Dec 06 09:52:00 CST 2013)

Just a quick update: via Xinhua news (in English), Chang'e 3 successfully entered lunar orbit today at 09:53 UTC, after a 361-second lunar orbit insertion burn. Next steps for the mission, from this report (in Chinese, with helpful tran...

Description: Just a quick update: Chang'e 3 successfully entered lunar orbit today at 09:53 UTC, after a 361-second lunar orbit insertion burn.

7. Color photo of Yutu rover and Chang'e lander, and more on the Chang'e 3 landing site

(Web Page; Tue Dec 17 23:39:00 CST 2013)

Fresh off of Chinese state television is this screen capture showing a Chang'e 3 lander image of the Yutu rover and its tracks on the Moon: And here is the reverse shot, the photo taken by the Yutu rover of the Chang'e 3 lander: Aw...

Description: Fresh off of Chinese state television are lovely pictures taken by Chang'e 3 lander and rover of each other!

8. Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spies Chang'e 3 and Yutu

(Web Page; Tue Dec 31 13:29:00 CST 2013)

As promised, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter's sharp eyes spotted the Chang'e 3 lander and Yutu rover on the lunar surface on December 25. The hardware shows up as a few bright pixels throwing long, dark shadows, clearly visible in a before...

Description: As promised, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter's sharp eyes spotted the Chang'e 3 lander and Yutu rover on the lunar surface on December 25. The hardware shows up as a few bright pixels throwing long, dark shadows, clearly visible in a before-and-after comparison.

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

(Web Page; Tue Dec 03 18:25:00 CST 2013)

Last week was a Thanksgiving week to remember, with comet ISON's perihelion passage, the departure of Mars Orbiter Mission, and finally, on Sunday, China's successful launch of what is hoped to be the first lunar lander in 37 years. My a...

Description: 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.

10. Finally, some high-quality photos from Chang'e 3!

(Web Page; Mon Jan 13 19:43:00 CST 2014)

EDITED JANUARY 13: Three of the images have been replaced as noted below. Once again, tips from helpful users at nasaspaceflight.com and from Twitter have led me to a new pile of photos from the Chang'e 3 mission. And these are the best...

Description: A pile of Chang'e 3 photos has been released to the Web, and they are much, much better than what I've seen before. They include, for the first time, photos of Earth from the lander.

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