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Chang’e-4 and Yutu-2 awake for 9th lunar day

China’s lander Chang’e-4 and rover Yutu-2 have been reactivated from sleep mode to begin their ninth lunar day on the far side of the Moon.

Their nominal mission had been three lunar days, so both spacecraft have now exceed that three times over.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

 
Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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One comment

  • Lee S

    It seems to me that these days, pretty much any mission that can actually arrive at its designated destination safely, can continue almost indefinitely.
    ( If only spirit and opportunity had solar cell wipers of some sort they would still be roving now…)
    This bodes well for the future…. It seems we have nailed how to keep machinery running in the harshest of environments…
    NASA seems to have mastered landing on Mars ( fingers crossed ), ESA and Roscosmos not so much… But the hardware from everyone (apart from Japan… But they are bloody good at workarounds!) Seems to be rock solid.
    The knowledge gained keeping all these missions running far beyond there expected lifespan is going to be very valuable to future manned missions…
    A big high five to the Chinese space program… It’s all good for our future as a multi planet species!!!

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