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'Remarkable' rocks within reach of Jade Rabbit rover

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Posted in Science on 17th Dec, 2013 04:08 AM by AlexMuller

Some of the youngest lava flows on the Moon are within reach of China's Jade Rabbit rover, says a leading US lunar scientist. The Chang'e-3 mission touched down on Saturday at the eastern edge of its designated landing box.

 
Dr Paul Spudis said the landing area was more interesting than its original destination and could fill in gaps in our knowledge of lunar history. Meanwhile, officials have said that the rover's instruments are now working.
 
Five of the eight pieces of scientific equipment Chang'e-3 had begun their observations, state-run Xinhua news agency said. The telescopes and cameras are producing clear images, Zou Yongliao, a scientist with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said at a press conference.
 
The lander and rover photographed each other on Sunday evening. The Chinese craft performed the first "soft" landing (non-crash landing) on the Moon since 1976. And Jade Rabbit, or Yutu, is the first rover mission since the Soviet Union's Lunokhod-2 trundled through the grey soil 40 years ago.
 
A touch down had been planned in the Moon's Sinus Iridum (Bay of Rainbows). But the spacecraft actually landed on the northern edge of Mare Imbrium (the Sea of Rains) - visible on Earth as the right eye of the "Man in the Moon".
 
In a blog entry for the Smithsonian's Air and Space magazine, Dr Spudis, from the Lunar and Planetary Insitute in Houston, said: "Whether by design or fortuitous accident, this site is actually more interesting geologically than the spacecraft's original destination."

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-17
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Moon is getting attention it deserves. There are so many obvious questions to answer and places to explore- Jade Rabbit is at the right place to explore interesting rocks
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-17
+2
Yes, the Imbrium lavas could not only be remarkable for their physical properties but also compositionally interesting. Hopefully it will obtain new "ground truth" data to better understand the meaning of data obtained remotely from orbit.
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-17
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It is interesting that the data gathered from orbit show the lavas could be high in the metal titanium- very important resource Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-17
+2
In the future humans may live and work on the moon for weeks or even months. They need to produce energy and power to make it possible to travel to and live on the lunar surface. Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-17
+0
Interest in Moon is getting more intense and it is clear that we expect that will help our life on Earth - China is doing great
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-17
+0
Yes, very good strategy, unlike the soft-landing of the U.S. and the Soviet Union's unmanned spacecraft, Chang'e-3 was able to survey the landscape first and determine the safest spot to lend "softly" Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-17
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China's Jade Rabbit rover is having a good start in exploring the Moon's surface as the aim is to explore the moon in search of natural resources- very important for further plans to make first settlements
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-17
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Yes, it could be the case that the moon has more exploitable mineral resources than the earth. On earth we can only mine a thin slice of the crust due but on the moon this is much less of a problem. Reply
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