China to send " JADE RABBIT" rover to moon in December

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China to send " JADE RABBIT" rover to moon in December
Posted by stepping beyond on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 5:35 PM

China is supposed to send its "Jade Rabbit" rover to the moon next month, I just found this out . Here's the good part , "it'll be visible" They're going to place it at the "man in the moon " dark spots and that'll be so awesome totally, for all of us LUNAR OBSERVERS. It's china's first rover after 2 probes and speculate by 2022 they'll have a human in a lunar station on the surface of the moon. Now , how cool is that?

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Posted by DaveMitsky on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 7:12 PM

What exactly do you mean by "it'll be visible"?  The world's largest telescopes can't resolve lunar objects smaller than 130 meters (427 feet) in size.

http://stupendous.rit.edu/richmond/answers/lunar_lander.html

Lunar orbiters might have enough resolving power.

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Posted by stepping beyond on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 11:41 AM
Due to it's refective material it'll be visible not that you can make out its features but, you should be able to decifer it.
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Posted by DaveMitsky on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 4:20 PM

What is the source of that information?  I've read well over a dozen articles on the gold-foil covered Yutu so far and none of them mentioned anything along those lines.  The rover is simply far too small to be seen from the Earth.

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Posted by Harvey Marshall on Wednesday, January 01, 2014 1:45 PM

It is great to see the success of China's Jade Rabbit on the moon. The recent image of the rover and lander taken the American Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. shows the location quite well. It would be neat to have a long term orbiter that could orbit close enough to the moon to get even better images of all the landers there.

 I doubt that there will ever be an Earth based telescope that will have enough magnification to see any of the small objects, such as the landers and crash sites of the Apollo program. Harvey Marshall

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