Mission Details

Mission Name: Chang’e 3
Mission Type: Lunar Lander
Operator: CNSA (China National Space Administration)
Launching State: China
Location: Mare Imbrium
Latitude: N/A
Longitude: N/A
Launch Date: 1 December 2013, 17:30 UT
Landing Date: 14 December 2013, 13:11 UT
Objects on or Related to Site:
Chang’e 3 Lander
Yutu Rover
Image Source: National Astronomical Observatories of China

Description

Chang’e 3 was a Chinese National Space Agency (CNSA) lunar landing mission designed to study the Moon from its stationary landing platform and with a rover. Chang’e 3 comprised of a Lunar Landing Vehicle (LLV) with a total mass of 3700 – 3800 kg. The LLV consisted of a soft lander and rover, designated Yutu (Jade Rabbit). The lander has a mass of 1200 kg and carried four scientific instruments. The Yutu rover was about 1.5 meters tall and has a mass of 120 kg with a 20 kg payload consisting of four instruments.

Read more:
https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/missions/change-3/in-depth/

Heritage Consideration

Yutu operated on the lunar surface for a record-setting 31 months.

Object on or Related to Site

Object Name:
Chang’e 3 Lander
Cospar: 2013-070A
Norad: N/A
Location: Precise location unknown or undisclosed.
Launch Date: 1 December 2013, 17:30 UT
Landing Date: 14 December 2013, 13:11 UT
Deployment: N/A
End Date: N/A
Function: Lunar exploration.
Image Source:
National Astronomical Observatories of China

Description

Chang’e 3 was a Chinese National Space Agency (CNSA) lunar landing mission designed to study the Moon from its stationary landing platform and with a rover.

Chang’e 3 comprised of a Lunar Landing Vehicle (LLV) with a total mass of 3700 – 3800 kg. The LLV consisted of a soft lander and rover, designated Yutu (Jade Rabbit). The lander has a mass of 1200 kg and carried four scientific instruments. The Yutu rover was about 1.5 meters tall and has a mass of 120 kg with a 20 kg payload consisting of four instruments.

Read more:
https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/missions/change-3/in-depth/

Object on or Related to Site

Object Name: Yutu Rover
Cospar: 2013-070A
Norad: N/A
Location: Precise location unknown or undisclosed.
Launch Date: 1 December 2013, 17:30 UT
Landing Date: 14 December 2013, 13:11 UT
Deployment: 14 December 2013, 20:35 UT
End Date: March, 2015
Function: Lunar exploration.
Image Source: National Astronomical Observatories of China

Description

The “Jade Rabbit” – fastened to the Chang’e 3 lunar lander – embarked on a two-week flight to the Moon on December 1, 2013, lifting off atop a Long March 3B rocket.

Chang’e 3 made a successful powered landing at Mare Imbrium on December 14, dispatching the small 120-Kilogram rover to the surface within hours of the landing. Chang’e 3 was the first craft to complete a soft landing on the Moon in nearly four decades. Having arrived on the lunar surface, the Yutu rover began an exploration mission expected to last three months while the Chang’e 3 lander was planned to endure the lunar environment for one year, using an Lunar-based Ultraviolet Telescope (LUT) to study the star-filled sky in the UV wavelengths and an Extreme UV Camera to examine Earth’s Plasmasphere.

Read more:
https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/missions/change-3/in-depth/
http://spaceflight101.com/change/chinese-yutu-moon-rover-pronounced-dead/

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