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John Batchelor Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 12-4-13 December 5, 2013

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John Batchelor Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 12-4-13


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Guests: John Batchelor, Leonard David, Gordon Chan, Dr. David Livingston.  Topics:  Chinese Chang’e 3 launch to the Moon, their lunar program.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We do not permit the commercial use of any Space Show program or part thereof, nor do we permit Space Show programs to be edited, placed on YouTube, or other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted in news articles, papers, academic & research work but must be cited or referenced in the proper citation format. Contact Dr. Livingston for questions about our copyright and trademark policies which we do enforce.  This program is archived on The Space Show website, podcasting, and blog sites with permission from John Batchelor. Please visit the John Batchelor Show website for more information about this fine program, www.johnbatchelorshow.com.  Remember, your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF (www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm).

During our 11 minute plus discussion, John, Leonard David, Gordon Chang & I discussed the recent Chinese Chang’e 3 launch to the Moon on Dec. 2, 2013.  We discussed the lunar orbiting of the spacecraft before its attempted landing at Sinus Iridum (Bay of Rainbows).  We talked about some of the complexities of a soft landing and the scientific instrument package on board. Of special interest was the autonomous hazard avoidance capability that even NASA has not yet tried on a spacecraft. Leonard was asked about the Chinese military in their space program and their overall plans for the Moon as part of their space program.  They do have a lunar sample return mission planned and their program is advancing.  Leonard talked about their rover, the mission, and suggested it was clearly a 21st century effort.

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