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Engineers adjust Chang’e-4’s orbit

The new colonial movement: Engineers have adjusted Chang’e-4’s lunar orbit in preparation for landing.on the Moon’s far side.

The probe has entered an elliptical lunar orbit, with the perilune at about 15 km and the apolune at about 100 km, at 8:55 a.m. Beijing Time, said CNSA.

Since the Chang’e-4 entered the lunar orbit on Dec. 12, the ground control center in Beijing has trimmed the probe’s orbit twice and tested the communication link between the probe and the relay satellite Queqiao, or Magpie Bridge, which is operating in the halo orbit around the second Lagrangian (L2) point of the earth-moon system.

The space engineers also checked the imaging instruments and ranging detectors on the probe to prepare for the landing.

They need to time the landing so that it comes down in the Moon’s early morning. This will not only provide better visuals, with shadows to see surface details, but more importantly will give them 14 Earth days before sunset to get settled on the surface and initiate rover operations.

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  • wayne

    Nine Commentaries Part 7:
    “The Chinese Communist Party’s History of Killing”

  • Captain Emeritus

    Hopefully, this is the last we’ll ever hear from Chang’e 4.

  • Jollster

    What a short sighted comment Captain. I wish Chang’e 4 every success. They’llget Some great data, and hopefully, it will give the U.S a kick in the pants to actually go to the moon, not fly around it in a useless orbit waving to the Chinese as they land people on the surface.


  • Interestingly, the Moon rotates so slowly on its axis that a rover would only need to drive about 10 MPH on average to remain at the same (lunar) time of day.

  • Captain Emeritus

    Thank you Wayne.
    That is a excellent account, of one of the most brutal regimes in human history.
    Perhaps, if Jollster would take the few minutes to watch it, he might understand that 89 million communist murderers, and thugs, ENSLAVE over ONE BILLION, FOUR HUNDRED MILLION HUMAN BEINGS!
    Possibly then, he might not have such glassy eyed admiration for their space program or get so giddy over a four dollar shirt at Walmart, produced by child slave labor.
    Additionally Jollster, the U.S. doesn’t need a chinese kick in the pants to go to the moon.
    You probably don’t believe this, but the U.S. sent six missions to the moon and Twelve Americans walked on it’s surface and returned over 700 pounds of rocks, soil and dust, FIFTY YEARS AGO!
    HALF of those samples remain untouched, and sealed in a nitrogen atmosphere.
    How much “data” do you expect to get from the Godless Chinese Communists?

  • wayne

    Captain Emeritus–
    Good stuff.

    There’s some weird misconception going on today, to the effect that the orwellian totalitarian statist communist slave state known as China, isn’t an existential threat to the entire globe and/or it’s somehow morphed into capitalism. (I’m sick of seeing their junk in our stores as well. They can keep their garbage. If they want to buy our worthless never to be repaid Treasury Bonds, more power to them, although they should be required to buy them with gold.)

    And you’re absolutely correct, as of 2017 there are 89,450,000 hard core brainwashed true-believer communists running the entire gulag.
    –They will eventually have to be destroyed, by any means necessary & sufficient, to free the other billion, and render them harmless to the rest of the globe.
    Every single one of them is a willing participant in and advocate for, mass-murder, and every single one of them needs to be held to account, all the way.

    Jordan B Peterson:
    Foreword to The Gulag Archipelago: 50th Anniversary
    October 31, 2018

  • wayne

    Our Cities Must Fight

  • commodude

    I just cannot bring myself to cheer for the ChiComs to succeed with stolen tech an oppressive dictatorial regime.

    But for a certain President with the complicit backing of an equally avaricious Congress, they’d still be suffering 50%+ launch failures.

  • Jollster

    Hah, nice reply Captain. The Caps Lock button sure got a work out. Doesn’t change my mind though, no matter how many capitals you use.


  • wayne

    Good stuff.

    But for a certain President with the complicit backing of an equally avaricious Congress, Wen Ho Lee could not have stolen the plans for our W-88 thermonuclear warhead.

    Nine Commentaries Pt 3:
    The Tyranny of the Chinese Communist Party

    These alleged people and their slave-state, need to go, all-the-way.
    >I don’t care one micron, how that is accomplished.

  • pzatchok

    I don’t need more examples of how oppressive the Red Chinese are.

    I know a Chinese girl and her parents are not allowed of of the country at the same time to see her in America. Even though her mother is a long standing member of the party.

    Her American husband fears every time they take the grand kids to China that something will happen and they might not all be able to leave again.

  • wayne

    “My Mother, The Communist” sounds like a TV show….

    Why would anyone voluntarily travel to a communist gulag slave-state? Doesn’t matter who she is married to, the Party owns them ALL like chattel.

    How Easy It Is For The US President To Launch A Nuclear Weapon?

  • wayne

    Minuteman III launch animation

    USS Pennsylvania
    Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine

    Hiroshima Bomb detonation
    (Music: Saw Theme)

  • Edward

    Apparently, for some people, politics trumps science. They seem to think that it is bad for the wrong political party to discover it. So, if a country makes a scientific discovery using technology that it stole, does this invalidate the science? Is this another example of politicizing science?

    It is one thing to lament a country that does wrong, but what does it then take for that country to redeem itself? If that country does wrong because it was deemed right, at the time, by a political party then how does that country become a good country again? If the NAZIs or the Democrats round up certain people, because of their heritage, and send them to camps (perhaps called concentration camps or maybe internment camps), then what can Germany or the United States do to become the good guys again?

    And for how long do we hope that the scientific and exploration endeavors of those countries fail?

  • commodude


    My issue isn’t with the Chinese scientists, it’s with the simple fact that China outright steals a huge % of their tech base.

    An arguably illegal deal with Loral moved their tech base on launch systems forward immeasurably.

    I would cheer the scientists and damn the system, however, the scientists are using tools acquired by theft, making it impossible to separate the “achievements” from the theft sponsored by the state which they serve.

  • wayne

    Jordan Peterson –
    The Western Apologists of Marxism

  • Edward

    I will take that as meaning that the science is invalidated. At the very least, the achievement is invalidated.

    I guess a spoil of war is different than theft, because the U.S. was first to get man to the Moon by using the tech obtained from the Germans, who put the first rocket into space. I guess that distinction makes it easier to separate the achievement from the fact that the Saturn rocket was designed, built, and tested by a captured engineer.

    Or did the U.S. redeem itself between the time it took the spoils of war and the time it landed men on the Moon?

    I’m just asking some questions, because it seems that there are two standards being applied, and I’m trying to get it straight in my mind.

  • Commodude

    My only comment at this point is to wonder at the incredible feat of mental gymnastics required to compare victory over Germany in WW2 with theft via industrial espionage and governmental espionage.

  • Edward

    So for you, victory in war allows theft via the spoils of war. Check.

    Either by espionage or by war, the technology was forcibly taken from someone else who was not compensated for it.

  • Commodude

    Incorrect, the German scientists were brought to the US willingly and were compensated for their efforts. The Han haven’t compensated anyone for anything, and won’t.

  • Edward

    I am correct. The German scientists developed their technology for Germany, and it was owned by Germany. The German government was not compensated for the loss of their scientists and engineers, their technology, or their rockets. The scientists and engineers were part of the spoils of war.

  • Commodude

    Again, comparing the Han theft of ip with victory in war against an utterly evil regime and stating that they are equal is an incredible feat of mental gymnastics.

  • Edward

    And yet you do. I was the one who suggested that they were different: “I guess a spoil of war is different than theft

  • Edward

    Sorry about last night. I got a little sarcastic, because I thought you must have been sarcastic about the incredible feat of mental gymnastics. For the case in which you are serious, let’s try an analogy:

    If someone were to sneak into your house and steal your wallet, I think we all can agree that is theft. This is just like espionage.

    If your friend were to get into a fight and you came to his aid, got beat up, and the guy you were fighting took your wallet after the fight, would you consider that to be theft? This is what happened to Germany in WWII.

  • Commodude

    Bad analogy, because it leaves out the millions of people killed by the person who started the barroom brawl.

  • Edward

    I see. You believe that theft is OK so long as someone dies first.

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