Mustard on the Moon! China launches far-side Lunar lander with biology onboard, 8th Dec 2018

Discussion in 'science, nature and environment' started by editor, Dec 6, 2018.

  1. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Mustard on the Moon!
    China Readies Farside Moon Mission
  2. 2hats


    Chang’e-4 has been launched and that has apparently officially been declared a success. It completed the trans-lunar injection burn a short time ago and is now in the coast en route to the Moon (transfer orbit of around 200x420000km).
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  3. editor

    editor hiraethified

  4. hipipol

    hipipol Peckham Wry

    Long March to the Dark Side......
  5. hipipol

    hipipol Peckham Wry

    Not sure how well the mustard will go with Wallaces cheese sandwiches...
    My first thought was - on the other side of the moon, we have no line of sight, is the static lander actually just of the border? There is some wobble so it could operate this way but the best would be this, Queqiao, a communication satellite which they launched in May to prepare for this - what? I do not recall that event but total utter respect
    "It will settle in an orbit about 455,000 km (282,555 miles) from Earth."
    China launch will prep for Moon landing
    Definitely time to learned Mandarin.....:thumbs::cool:
  6. Lupa

    Lupa Well-Known Member

    Mustard eh?
    Perfect accompaniment for all that cheese. :)
  7. I've eaten some space food.
    We grew some rocket seeds that Tim Peake took to to the space station for six months, compared them to some from the same batch that stayed on Earth.
    We thought the space seeds rocket tasted more peppery.
  8. Supine

    Supine Rough Like Badger

    That'll be the radiation :D
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  9. Probably, that did say we weren't meant to eat the stuff we'd grown :hmm:.
  10. 2hats


    Almost certainly safer than consuming similar grown in the CNPP zone of alienation.
  11. 2hats


    Chang’e-4 has been picked up by amateur radio observers who spotted it executing a trajectory correction burn a few hours ago on the way to the Moon (the kink in the gradually changing Doppler shift in frequency highlights the acceleration arising from the manoeuvre). Now well over half way there, it should arrive in lunar orbit around 1500UTC on Tuesday.
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  12. 2hats


    Chinese officials have reported that Chang’e-4 entered lunar orbit (100x400km) early on Wednesday. It’s notable though that a handful of amateur radio observers (who tracked it in the trans-lunar coast) have since heard no signal from the craft (in contrast to previous missions).
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  13. 2hats


    Chinese media report the lander is on the lunar surface (touched down at 0226UTC).

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  14. Edie

    Edie Well-Known Member

    Arabidopsis is a plant genomic model for biologists, it’s got quite a small genome.
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  15. Rosemary Jest

    Rosemary Jest Wrong and Unstable

    Do you think they'll send people to the moon any time soon? I know there's talk of a Chinese space station in the works.

    I'd love to see it in my lifetime, missed the last moon landings by over a decade. :(
  16. 2hats


    They are conducting studies for a crewed lunar landing mission targeted for the 2030’s. There is already a Chinese space station (Tiangong). They are planning a larger modular version (Tianhe) for launch in 2020.
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  17. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    Fuck the Chinese Communist Party and their "space" programme.
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  18. Yossarian

    Yossarian free shrugs

    I reckon they'll have the first lunar re-education camp up and running by around 2040.
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  19. Yossarian

    Yossarian free shrugs

    Yep, doesn't sit right reading about the great achievements of somewhere that's put a million Uighurs in gulags - whatever they do in space, this is a country moving backward, not forward.
  20. editor

    editor hiraethified

    At least science is still flourishing.
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  21. NoXion

    NoXion Keep an eye out for diamonds

    NASA landed the first humans on the Moon while US soldiers were conducting chemical warfare in Vietnam, the My Lai massacre having happened just the previous year.
  22. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    I didn't know the Chinese had a space station, don't they use twitter?
  23. SpookyFrank

    SpookyFrank If it's alive, don't lick it.

    Science never flourishes under authoritarianism. It can't be permitted to.

    The Soviet Union had a good space program, but biological sciences were put back decades by Stalin's and Krushchev's insistence on fields of study which they decided, in their near-total ignorance, were inkeeping with dialectical materialism.
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  24. Argonia

    Argonia Happy go licky

    How come they had a good space programme then?
  25. SpookyFrank

    SpookyFrank If it's alive, don't lick it.

    Space travel was ideologically acceptable and useful for propaganda purposes. Also there are military aims and applications involved.
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  26. 2hats


    They have had two so far (Mir flavoured).
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  27. Mumbles274

    Mumbles274 running from law and the press and the parents

    I've had to give myself a :facepalm: for thinking the far side of the moon was permanently a dark side. I blame Pink Floyd
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  28. 2hats


    Radio dark. From the point of view of human RF interference.
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  29. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    Dark side of the planet. Someone should send a probe.
  30. WouldBe

    WouldBe non smoking

    Pickle would be better. :)
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