Well, while I was dealing with plumbing issues and other things not working, China was busy in space.
Five days after launch, China’s Chang’e 3 spacecraft reached lunar orbit Friday, ready for landing at the Bay of Rainbows.
Onboard the lunar lander is a six-wheeled robotic rover ready to take China’s first unmanned trip on the Moon.
After lowering its altitude later this week, the lander will touch down in the Bay of Rainbows, a lava plain on the moon scheduled for some time Dec. 14.
The rover, Yutu or “jade rabbit,” will drive off the landing platform a few hours after landing.
China’s lunar program is focused on robotic missions for now, with military-run human space program is focused on a space station.
– Ex astris, scientia –
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