The Milky Way Base: China names Chang'e-4 probe's moon landing site 'Statio Tianhe' - combining ancient Chinese and Latin words



The landing site on the Moon of space shuttle Chang'e-4 has been officially named 'Statio Tianhe' or The Milky Way Base, at a Beijing conference today.


The name, along with others for three craters and a peak nearby, were agreed by the China National Space Administration, Chinese Academy of Sciences and the International Astronomical Union.


Naming landing locations on planets is common practice, led by the United States and the former Soviet Union on their lunar explorations.


The Chinese names allude to ancient folklore, with the term Tianhe meaning Milky Way, its literal translation being 'sky-river' in Mandarin.


The Latin 'Statio' which means base, is also part of the landing site name.


Three craters close to landing site were also named Zhinu (weaver girl), Hegu (river drum) and Tianjin,after three constellations of ancient Chinese astrology.


The names all allude to an ancient folklore tale about the 'weaver girl' and her banished lover, a 'cowherder boy'.

They are separated by the Milky Way and can only meet once a year on a bridge  formed by magpies, known as Queqiao, the name given to China's relay satellite on the dark side of the moon.


This special day, Qixi falls on the 7th day of the 7th month of the lunar calendar each year, often referred to as 'Chinese Valentine's Day'.


China successfully achieved a global first with its trip to the far side of the Moon when it landed in the Von Kármán crater on January 4, 2019.


The country has claimed it wants to be the first country to establish a base on the moon and says it will build it using 3D printing technology.


Officials from the Chinese space agency also said the country will return to the moon by the end of the year with the Chang'e-5 mission.


Three successive missions will further explore the barren surface and the viability of building houses there.


China is swiftly establishing a reputation as one of the forerunners in the renaissance of the space race with its continued investment in both Martian and lunar missions.


After Chang'e-5 returns lunar rocks from the surface the next mission, Chang'e-6 will be the first mission to explore the south pole of the moon.


Chang'e-7 will study the land surface, composition and space environment in a comprehensive mission, it was claimed, while Chang'e-8 will focus on technical surface analysis.


Mission number eight will likely lay the groundwork for a potential lunar base as it strives to verify the technology earmarked for the ambitious project.


China National Space Administration (CNSA) said they also have plans to go to Mars in 2020, a timeline that would likely make them the first to do so, beating out the US, Russia and the plethora of private firms looking to colonise space.




译文来源:三泰虎 http://www.santaihu.com/47063.html   译者:Jessica.Wu


Albert Lisheng Tan, Singapore, Singapore, 1 day ago

A major step for humanity civilization toward better understanding on the mystery of space.



haradin, surfers paradise, Australia, 1 day ago

Statio does not combine well with Tianhe like Chow Min or Peking Duck.



fount-of-all-wisdom, luton, United Kingdom, 2 days ago

They can call every part of the far side of the Moon after Chinese names now. They own it. I don't think the Trump Crater will be on their list.



livid2015, Stratford upon Avon, United Kingdom, 2 days ago

I am as transfixed by this achievement as I was in 1969 in my university days as a 20 year old, watching the first man on the moon. Well done China. Fabulous, mesmerising...



greatscot, bristol, United Kingdom, 2 days ago

ABSOLUTELY AMAZING how we had the technology to land on the moon in the 50's and 60's pretty easily and yet find it quite a challenge to do so even today... with all our current advances in EVERY field.........!!!!



Jozxyqk, London, United Kingdom, 2 days ago

Because we have to start from square one in terms of the craft to get there and with a budget considerably smaller.



Spiny Norman, The Land of Wind and Ghosts, United Kingdom, 2 days ago

One word: Economics.



EdmundTheConfessor, Canterbury, United Kingdom, 1 day ago

Nobody had the technology to land on the moon in the 1950's



Buccaneer10, Wales, United Kingdom, 23 hours ago

The earth's gravity has not changed it still requires an escape velocity of 6.951 miles per second. That's over 25,000 miles per hour. The engineering to accomplish that is quite remarkable. Oh and no one went to the moon in the 1950s.



passinthro, Lincoln, United Kingdom, 2 days ago

China wants the Moon, and there is nobody to challenge them. The Europeans are too fat and lazy. The Russians haven't enough dosh. The Americans are more interested in finding fossilised bugs on Mars. The first nation to establish a permanent base on the Moon will will have a dominant military advantage over the whole of Earth, plus the minerals there will make them super rich, HE3 etc.



Infidus Imperator, Manchester, United Kingdom, 1 day ago

Unusually succinct comment. Quite right. The first nation to control the high orbitals will control the planet. China knows this.



honest john, Bracknell, United Kingdom, 2 days ago

I Suppose that belongs to china now,



Spiny Norman, The Land of Wind and Ghosts, United Kingdom, 2 days ago

'All your base are belong to us'



locutus, Jersey, 2 days ago

I think this is great. We need to get the space programme back up and running.


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