China-Chang'e 4/Orbit Changing

China's Chang'e-4 probe changes orbit to prepare for moon landing

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Xichang Satellite Launch Center, Sichuan Province, southwest China - Dec 8, 2018 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
1. Moon
2. Animation showing Chang'e-4 lunar probe opening solar panels
3. Animation showing communication link among probe, relay satellite "Queqiao," earth
4. Animation showing orbit of probe around moon
5. Animation showing probe decelerating at orbital altitude of 100 kilometers
6. Animations showing probe in circular lunar orbit with average altitude of 100 kilometers
7. Animations showing probe in elliptical lunar orbit
8. Animations showing probe decelerating at orbital altitude of 15 kilometers
9. Animations showing probe detecting moon surface before landing
10. Animations showing probe landing
11. Animations showing probe opening solar panels, launching lunar rover, operation in progress

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China's Chang'e-4 probe entered a planned orbit Sunday morning to prepare for the first-ever soft landing on the far side of the moon, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) announced.

The probe has entered an elliptical lunar orbit with the perilune at about 15 kilometers and the apolune at about 100 kilometers at 08:55, Beijing Time, said CNSA.

Since the Chang'e-4 entered the lunar orbit on Dec. 12, the ground control center in Beijing has trimmed the probe's orbit twice, and tested the communication link between the probe and the relay satellite Queqiao, or Magpie Bridge, which is operating in the halo orbit around the second Lagrangian (L2) point of the earth-moon system.

The space engineers also checked the imaging instruments and ranging detectors on the probe to prepare for the landing.

The control center will choose a proper time to land the probe on the far side of the moon, according to CNSA.

The Chang'e-4 probe, including a lander and a rover, was launched by a Long March-3B carrier rocket on Dec. 8 from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province.

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  • ID : 8099366
  • Published : 2018-12-30 15:45
  • Last Modified : 2018-12-30 15:49:00
  • Location : Sichuan,China
  • Category : science and technology
  • Duration : 2'07
  • Audio Language : Mute
  • Source : China Central Television (CCTV)
  • Restrictions : No access Chinese mainland
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China-Chang'e 4/Orbit Changing

China's Chang'e-4 probe changes orbit to prepare for moon landing

Dateline : March 14,2018

Location : Sichuan,China

Duration : 2'07

  • English


Xichang Satellite Launch Center, Sichuan Province, southwest China - Dec 8, 2018 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
1. Moon
2. Animation showing Chang'e-4 lunar probe opening solar panels
3. Animation showing communication link among probe, relay satellite "Queqiao," earth
4. Animation showing orbit of probe around moon
5. Animation showing probe decelerating at orbital altitude of 100 kilometers
6. Animations showing probe in circular lunar orbit with average altitude of 100 kilometers
7. Animations showing probe in elliptical lunar orbit
8. Animations showing probe decelerating at orbital altitude of 15 kilometers
9. Animations showing probe detecting moon surface before landing
10. Animations showing probe landing
11. Animations showing probe opening solar panels, launching lunar rover, operation in progress


China's Chang'e-4 probe entered a planned orbit Sunday morning to prepare for the first-ever soft landing on the far side of the moon, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) announced.

The probe has entered an elliptical lunar orbit with the perilune at about 15 kilometers and the apolune at about 100 kilometers at 08:55, Beijing Time, said CNSA.

Since the Chang'e-4 entered the lunar orbit on Dec. 12, the ground control center in Beijing has trimmed the probe's orbit twice, and tested the communication link between the probe and the relay satellite Queqiao, or Magpie Bridge, which is operating in the halo orbit around the second Lagrangian (L2) point of the earth-moon system.

The space engineers also checked the imaging instruments and ranging detectors on the probe to prepare for the landing.

The control center will choose a proper time to land the probe on the far side of the moon, according to CNSA.

The Chang'e-4 probe, including a lander and a rover, was launched by a Long March-3B carrier rocket on Dec. 8 from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province.

ID : 8099366

Published : 2018-12-30 15:45

Last Modified : 2018-12-30 15:49:00

Source : China Central Television (CCTV)

Restrictions : No access Chinese mainland

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