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Three scientific missions of Chang´e-3 lunar probe

12-15-2013 23:02 BJT Special Report: Chang’e-3 Lunar Probe |

The United States and the former Soviet Union were the pioneers in lunar exploration in the 50s and into the 60s. The missions, both manned and unmanned set the base for further exploration of the moon. Many other countries have since then set their sights on Earth’s satellite. So what are the mission objectives for the Chang’e 3 mission?

Generally speaking, the Chang’e lander and the Yutu rover have three objectives to achieve on the moon. First - exploring the surface and geological formation of the moon; Second - finding natural resources that can be used on Earth. And third - remote control of the lunar probe and developing deep space communication technologies.

In line with the first objective, Chang’e 3 is tasked with investigating the mountains and rocks on the moon with several data collecting equipment on board the lander and rover.

The rover is also equipped with devices such as a panorama camera and radar measurement equipment, to explore the environment and locate natural resources. The craft is designed to run automatically and carry out patrol and detection missions on the lunar surface.

The Moon is full of resources - mainly rare Earth elements, titanium, and uranium, which the Earth is really short of. And these resources could eventually be mined and used by people on Earth.

The lunar program will also see breakthroughs in remotely controlling the rover from Earth. Technologies of high precision observation and control as well as lunar positioning will be used in the mission.

 

Editor:James |Source: CCTV.com

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