News and movie from last night’s successful launch of 4M

After a thunderstorm two hours before liftoff, we had clear sky to see our carrier Long March 3C boosting “through” the Orion constellation and heading towards the Moon. Here is a movie from the liftoff.

Liftoff of Long March 3C from Xichang Satellite Launch Center on 23.10.2014 (1759 UTC) with its hitchhiker 4M

Liftoff of Long March 3C from Xichang Satellite Launch Center on 23.10.2014 (1759 UTC) with its hitchhiker 4M

4M successfully activated and started to transmit to Earth. Since then we continuously collect this data received from stations all over the world (so far from Argentina, Brazil, USA, and Australia). Temperature variations indicate that the last stage of the rocket is smoothly rotating, i.e. making 4M’s journey to the moon and back so far not too harsh.