Quite fitting to have Mars photobomb SN8 in this shot
10:09 PM · Dec 9, 2020·
And another amazing angle on the bellyflop-flip-burn from SpaceX - it takes a few seconds to load, and doesn't look like it's playing, but give it time. The video looks like an animation with the high-contrast...
There's an aspect of SpaceX's development that doesn't get the attention it deserves - and that's their investment and commitment to providing absolutely amazing visuals. Watch their satellite launches and compare with anyone else out there. BlueOrigin, RocketLab, etc. Amazing tracking, high-quality streams... and the coverage on the SN8 test was fabulous. It's a smart move - expensive, sure, but providing those kinds of visuals feeds a demand for enthusiasts, who now expect other ventures into spaceflight to give as much attention to the PR side of the business.
A Chinese spacecraft carrying rocks and soil from the moon has begun its journey back to Earth, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday, putting China on course to become the first country to successfully retrieve lunar samples since the 1970s.
Engines on the Chang’e-5 probe were ignited 230 km (143 miles) from the lunar surface early on Sunday, Beijing time, before being shut down after 22 minutes with the craft on a trajectory towards Earth....
A successful landing in Inner Mongolia would make China only the third country to have retrieved lunar samples after the United States and the Soviet Union. The plan was to collect 2 kg (4.4 lbs) of samples, although it has not been disclosed how much was actually gathered.
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China’s Chang’e-5 mission has officially returned with the first new samples collected from the Moon’s surface in almost half a century.
The spacecraft touched down in the Siziwang district of Inner Mongolia around 1pm Eastern time, and search teams have likely already found it.
Thermal camera footage shown by state media TV network CCTV appears to show the capsule sitting in an otherwise barren landscape.
It’s a historic moment, and an extraordinary testament to China’s space ambitions. The last time humanity returned samples from the Moon was in 1976, when the Soviet Union’s robotic Luna 24 spacecraft brought back about six ounces of lunar samples on board.