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    The chinese rover is now roving. It has left its position on the lander and took a photo of the lander.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    speaking of hyperbolic language...
    I'm unaware of its range or agenda, so to comment would be speculative.

    It doesn't appear to be carrying weapons, although both rovers have rock drills, so I suspect this scenario is unlikely:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Takeovers View Post
    The chinese rover is now roving
    I'm sure there's a Chinese equivalent but this is a version I sang as a school boy.

    Our last year junior school teacher was a sailor and as we had a piano in the classroom, he often told us to books away, and we would learn another sea shanty.



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    Short additional info. The Chinese rover has an official design life of 3 months. Same as the NASA Opportunity rover that was active for 15 years. Opportunity ended in the most severe dust storm that covered its solar arrays. The chinese rover has a vibration system that may help to clean the solar arrays in such an event. Do they hope to drive their rover for many years too?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Takeovers View Post
    Do they hope to drive their rover for many years too?
    Managing expectations more likely.

    A modest expectation to meet, followed by "unexpected" extensions, reaps greater rewards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Managing expectations more likely.

    A modest expectation to meet, followed by "unexpected" extensions, reaps greater rewards.

    Conditions are very challenging. If it works a year they can be very proud.

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    A blood red occulted moon clasped in the stars of Scorpius's left claw earlier this evening.

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    How long was the exposure, Loops?

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    1/4 second
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    You did well the keep the camera still for that long while looking up at the moon.




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    I was lying on my back with one side of the lens barrel resting against one of the struts of the balcony railing so that took a little bit of the wobble out of it.

    The E-M5 also has a good 5 axis image stabilisation system.

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    China’s Tianzhou 2 cargo ship docks with space station


    • The vessel completed the automated rendezvous with the Tianhe module eight hours after blasting off from Hainan island
    • The spacecraft carried supplies for a crewed mission expected to be carried out next month


    Published: 12:17pm, 30 May, 2021

    "The Tianzhou-2 cargo spacecraft autonomously docked to the Tianhe Core Module on 29 May 2021, at 21:01 UTC (30 May, at 05:01 China Standard Time). Tianzhou-2 (天舟二号) is the first spacecraft to dock to the Tianhe Core Module (天和核心舱), the first and main component of the China Space Station (中国空间站). Tianzhou-2 delivered supplies for astronauts, extravehicular activity (EVA) space suits, space station equipment and propellant. Credit: China Central Television (CCTV)/China National Space Administration (CNSA)"



    China’s Tianzhou 2 cargo ship docks with space station | South China Morning Post

    A wobble at the end.
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    Jeff Bezos will fly on the first passenger spaceflight of his company Blue Origin in July

    Jeff Bezos to fly on Blue Origin first passenger flight in July



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    One way ticket?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    One way ticket?

    Unfortunately not. It is just a hop, 100km straight up and then back down with parachutes. Nothing I personally would even spend $5000. But they have auctioned off the first ticket for a few million.

    A previous, unmanned flight. Almost unbearable for me the artificial excitement of the media professional commentator.


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    It looks a lot like our moon but it's actually the first shot of Ganymede in 20 years or so.


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    Amazing shot.

    That camera was not mounted on the Juno probe as a scientific instrument. It was added as an afterthought, just for a few photos for the general public, people like us. An off the shelf camera you can buy online, with minor modifications. Of course that camera had no chance to survive more than a few days in the radiation belt of Jupiter. It would be fried by the fierce radiation. Fortunately the camera does not know that. Juno arrived at Jupiter in July 2016 and the camera is still going strong as these Ganymede shots prove.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Takeovers View Post
    is still going strong as these Ganymede shots prove.
    Any plans for it to shoot Europa?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmond View Post
    Any plans for it to shoot Europa?
    Juno is not steered a lot, it's target is Jupiter itself. Flybys like this one with Ganymede are just happening, are not planned. I don't know if one will happen with Europa.

    Looking forward to Europa Clipper. That project is somewhat unusual. Mostly any project is driven by Congress members pushing for jobs in their constituency. Europa Clipper was pushed by a Congress member actually because he wanted it to happen. No jobs in his constituency, very unusual. He found allies in the group that is pushing SLS. It was actually law that Europa Clipper would fly on SLS. But late in the project NASA engineers found that it can not fly on SLS because the solid boosters would shake it apart. Guess they knew that all the time but did not talk about it because it would jeopardize funding. It is now flying on Falcon Heavy at a small fraction of the cost, but a somewhat longer flight duration.

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    China to send two veteran astronauts and a new face into its space station


    Update: China Manned Space Agency briefed on Wednesday that Shenzhou-12 manned spacecraft will be launched via the Long March-2F carrier rocket on Thursday at 9:22 am, sending three astronauts into space for China's Space Station construction.

    As China’s launch of the Shenzhou-12 crewed mission set to ferry three Chinese astronauts to the Tianhe space station core cabin draws near, Global Times learned from the China Manned Space Agency on Wednesday that the crew are composed of two veteran astronauts and a new face.

    Nie will board the Shenzhou-12 manned spacecraft for his third flight, following his first during the Shenzhou-6 mission in October 2005 and second flight of Shenzhou-10 in June 2013. He was given the title of “hero astronaut” after its second space mission, according to the webstie of the China Manned Space Engineering Office (CMSEO.)


    Liu will join Nie in the upcoming mission after his first trip to space in September 2008 during the Shenzhou-7 spaceship mission, for which he was given the honorary title of “hero astronaut,” CMSEO website shows.


    The third crew member, Tang Hongbo, 46, was selected from the second batch of astronauts in 2011. He will make his debut flight in space during the Shenzhou-12 mission, scheduled to be launched in June.


    The team will stay in China’s space station for three months, during which they will engage in repair and maintenance, appliance switching and the scientific operation of payloads.


    China selected its first batch of 14 astronauts in the mid-1990s. Since 2003, it has sent six astronauts into space, including Yang Liwei, the country's first astronaut, and Zhai Zhigang, who carried out China's first space walk in September 2008.


    In 2011, China selected its second batch of astronauts, made up of five men and two women, the first time women were selected as astronauts in China's space mission.


    Although there will not be any female astronauts in the forthcoming mission, they could participate in future missions, Yang, who is also the director of CMSEO previouslym said.



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    There was another ISS TV broadcast a few days ago. I managed to receive this picture using my plastic water pipe and wire helical antenna, received on 145.8 MHz as the ISS passed over Laos, (the lines of interference are when it popped behind the nearby mountains - its elevation wasn't very high). Next week, they are celebrating something else with some more broadcasts, and the ISS will pass over me at a higher elevation - so I hope for a better picture

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    China to send two veteran astronauts and a new face into its space station
    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon43 View Post
    There was another ISS TV broadcast a few days ago. I managed to receive this picture using my plastic water pipe and wire helical antenna, received on 145.8 MHz as the ISS passed over Laos, (the lines of interference are when it popped behind the nearby mountains - its elevation wasn't very high). Next week, they are celebrating something else with some more broadcasts, and the ISS will pass over me at a higher elevation - so I hope for a better picture

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    ^ I didn’t know so had to read up on it. Now my brain hurts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    ^ I didn’t know so had to read up on it. Now my brain hurts.
    Brilliant stuff, aint it.

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