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Old Feb 3rd, 2016, 12:42 PM   #81
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Direct links to the two pages of China moon photos (Planetary Society mirror):

Chang'e 3 data: Lander Terrain Camera (TCAM)
Chang'e 3 data: Rover Panoramic Camera (PCAM)

There are hundreds of photos in there....
Hmmm, I opened the second link and went to the pic in the right top corner and instead of clicking on the pic, accidentally clicked on 'B IMG'.

It downloaded a file to my desktop that would not open, nor could I trash it. I tried a restart and kept getting a warning about not saving the file and restarting and clicked yes. No luck as it would not allow a restart no matter what I tried, nor would it go into the trash.

I finally had to do a force quit and on restart it allowed me to trash the file. Too weird.
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SINC, I replicated your action - click on "B IMG" and downloading the file. It seems odd that it would cause such systemwide chaos!

It appears on my system as a mac disk image, which of course it isn't. It's a valid image file, but of a kind not native to Macintosh.

There are a couple of viewers you can download from NASA and other sources to use to view the file (and of course, Graphic Converter) if you really need something beyond the JPG that comes with clicking the thumbnail.

I tried Graphic Converter - it will only open the file in RAW Import mode, and by manually entering the parameters provided at the Planetary Society link (2352 by 1728 pixels in size, with Bayer filter) - even then it comes out looking like a photo negative.

At that point, my interesting in wasting any more time on this dissipated...
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I sure didn't expect you to try and solve it Mark, but thanks for the info. I just wanted to let folks know NOT to do anything but click on the image. As I noted, I clicked on that link by mistake.
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I sure didn't expect you to try and solve it Mark, but thanks for the info. I just wanted to let folks know NOT to do anything but click on the image. As I noted, I clicked on that link by mistake.
I like technical challenges like this...
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Report: China developing advanced lunar mission spaceship


In this June 16, 2012, file photo, the Shenzhou 9 spacecraft rocket launches from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan,
China. State media say China is developing an advanced new spaceship capable of both flying in low-Earth orbit and landing
on the moon. The newspaper Science and Technology Daily cited spaceship engineer Zhang Bainian as saying the
new craft would be recoverable and have room for multiple astronauts. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
China is developing an advanced new spaceship capable of both flying in low-Earth orbit and landing on the moon, according to state media, in another bold step for a space program that equaled the U.S. in number of rocket launches last year.

The newspaper Science and Technology Daily cited spaceship engineer Zhang Bainian as saying the new craft would be recoverable and have room for multiple astronauts. While no other details were given in the Tuesday report, Zhang raised as a comparison the Orion spacecraft being developed by NASA and the European Space Agency. The agency hopes Orion will carry astronauts into space by 2023.

China's Shenzhou space capsule used on all six of its crewed missions is based on Russia's Soyuz and is capable of carrying three astronauts in its re-entry module.

China came late to crewed space flight, launching its first man into space in 2003, but has advanced rapidly since then. In its most recent crewed mission, two astronauts spent a month aboard a Chinese space station late last year.

A fully functioning, permanently crewed space station is on course to begin operations in around five years and a manned lunar mission has been suggested for the future.

Now firmly established among the big three in space travel, China last year moved ahead of Russia for the first time in number of rocket launches and equaled the United States at 22, according to Harvard University astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell. Russia had 17 launches, while the U.S. might have had several more if Space X's Falcon 9 rocket fleet hadn't been grounded following a Sept. 1 launchpad explosion.
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So the moon race is back on, and this time it's the USA vs China...

Sorry Mars, The US Is Going Back To The Moon


Vice President Mike Pence gave a speech yesterday in which he outlined NASA’s new goal. The agency will no longer focus on going to Mars – it is now planning a return to the Moon first.

The announcement is the latest about-turn for the agency, which must be pretty sick of being given a new goal every 4 years. Under Bush, it was the Moon. Under Obama, Mars. Now we’re back to the Moon again. Come on people.

Absent from Pence’s speech – given at the National Space Council’s launch controversially re-started by Trump – were any actual specifics. There was no timeline, no showing of new hardware, no studies. Instead, we got a bunch of wishy-washy statements that might placate the public, but in reality, mean absolutely nothing.

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For the last decade, NASA has been working on a huge new rocket called the Space Launch System (SLS), and a new spacecraft called Orion. The latter has completed one unmanned launch, while the former will not fly for the first time until 2019.

These were developed as part of Obama’s broader goal to get astronauts to Mars, a worthy idea if one that was not fully supported. This so-called Journey to Mars, championed by former NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden, would have seen astronauts orbit the Red Planet in the 2030s and, at some point, land.

Giving up on Mars would be "disastrous," Bolden told IFLScience in an interview 2 years ago. Sorry Charlie.

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There were quite a lot of things missing from that Journey to Mars plan, though. NASA hadn’t yet started development on the whole spacecraft that will actually go to Mars, nor any sort of habitat for the future. It has been gathering ideas for building a Mars outpost, though.

Maybe that was for the best because the goalposts have changed yet again. Truth be told, it probably doesn’t change too much for now. The SLS and Orion will still be used for missions to the Moon, so their development will still continue. NASA is also looking into building a lunar space station, possibly with help from Russia.

But this commitment to put “boots on the Moon” is new. It means the Trump administration is telling NASA to actively focus on developing systems to land on the Moon. That’s not cheap, and it will surely delay any attempts to go to Mars.

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Anyway, the crux of it all is that NASA’s new goal is to go back to the Moon. Until Trump is no longer President, then it'll probably go somewhere else. Then somewhere else. Until Elon Musk colonizes Mars or something.

Oh to be a NASA employee.
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China Launching Relay Satellite Toward Moon's Far Side Sunday


China will launch the next piece of its ambitious robotic lunar-exploration program on Sunday (May 20), if all goes according to plan.

The nation's Queqiao relay satellite is scheduled to lift off atop a Long March 4C rocket on Sunday from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan Province at about 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT; 5 a.m. on May 21 local Xichang time).

Queqiao will then make its way to the Earth-moon Lagrange point 2, a gravitationally stable spot located 40,000 miles (64,000 kilometers) beyond the lunar far side. From that perch, Queqiao will relay signals and data between Earth and China's pioneering Chang'e 4 lander-rover duo. That pair will launch late this year and attempt to become the first spacecraft ever to land on the far side of the moon.

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The Chang'e program has already achieved a string of successes. The Chang'e 1 and Chang'e 2 probes reached lunar orbit in 2007 and 2010, respectively, and the Chang'e 3 mission put a lander and rover on the moon's near side in late 2013. The next year, China launched Chang'e 5 T1, a mission that sent a sample-return capsule around the moon and back to Earth to demonstrate the technology needed to survive a fiery atmospheric entry. China plans to launch a bona-fide lunar sample-return mission, called Chang'e 5, in 2019.

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UPDATE: On her way!

China launches satellite to explore dark side of moon: Xinhua
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Holy heck.

Meet SpaceX's first passenger — a billionaire rock musician who got his start selling CDs via snail mail


SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says the first passenger on a private space flight around the moon will be a Japanese billionaire who also happens to be a rock musician and art collector.

Yusaku Maezawa is the founder of Zozotown, Japan's biggest fashion retail website. He's Japan's 18th-richest person, according to Forbes, which estimates his net worth at $2.9 billion.

Maezawa, 42, is paying an undisclosed amount of money to be the first commercial passenger to fly around the moon on SpaceX's Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), the company announced via webcast on Monday evening. The mission is scheduled to launch in 2023, and Maezawa is also paying for the fares of up to eight other passengers — all artists, who the billionaire says will create works of art reflecting their time in space.

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Maezawa's website: #dearMoon
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Just finished the Hulu series "The First" (Sean Penn in the lead, as the first crew to launch to Mars). Mixed reviews... there's a secondary (?) plot that is a little bit excruciating, and several times through the show I've though to myself that the writers are trying just a little too hard to be "deep". But hey, I'm a sucker for any new TV relating to space exploration (on that note: Anybody know when NASA's second season of "Mars" is to be released?).

Now here's the interesting part, relating to the SpaceX announcement:

Weird Coincidence: “The First” and Yusaku Maezawa




Jean Michel Basquiat painting sold to Yusaku Maezawa for $110.5 million



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