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China celebrates moon landing success

Posted on Sunday, 15 December, 2013 | Comment icon 40 comments

The rover rode to the moon aboard the Chang'e 3 spacecraft. Image Credit: NASA / Sean Smith
The mission represents the first time any spacecraft has soft landed on the moon in over 37 years.
Some would say that China's space program has been going rather well lately having reached several significant milestones in the last few years. This trend was set to continue this week as their most ambitious unmanned mission to date, the Jade Rabbit rover, successfully touched down on the moon ready to begin its exploration of the lunar surface.

Crowds celebrated as footage of the rover driving down the ramp from its lander was broadcast on live television. The Jade Rabbit is set to spend three months exploring the lunar landscape during which time it will send back large amount of data and give scientists an opportunity to test out technologies that will be used in future missions.

The endeavor is but one of several planned moon missions that China has in the works, with a sample return mission scheduled for 2017 and a highly ambitious manned landing planned for 2025.

Source: Sky News | Comments (40)

Tags: Moon, China

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #31 Posted by tyrant lizard on 18 December, 2013, 10:13
I stand corrected.
Comment icon #32 Posted by toast on 18 December, 2013, 22:37
China's Chang'e-3 moon approach and touchdown vid: http://theweek.com/article/index/254164/watch-chinas-change-3-spacecraft-land-on-the-moon
Comment icon #33 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 23 December, 2013, 13:52
Comment icon #34 Posted by TheSpoonyOne on 23 December, 2013, 17:58
No, I don't think it is a non sequitur at all, China doesn't just have poor record of human rights, it has a bizarre record of human rights, hence why I pointed to Falun Gong, the point being their human rights record is illogical and irrational, and a nation who acts in such ways cannot be said to ever not be capable of acting in similar ways in other fields. In answer to your other question, it doesn't matter if other nations ignore you're claim to something, if you start to openly visit and develop something at some point, then effectively you do own it, others might not t... [More]
Comment icon #35 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 23 December, 2013, 18:42
I disagree, your logic on this subject is so poor as to be no existent. The Soviet Union had a terrible human rights record. if your logic held water then the Soviet Union would have ignored the rest of the world and claimed the Moon. They didn't. Nations can dismiss international concern over poor human rights as they can claim it is a purely internal affair. In the case of a powerful nation, such as China and the Soviet Union they know they are safe from serious repercussions. The same is not true when international affairs and treaties are concerned. A "land grab" of the Moo... [More]
Comment icon #36 Posted by TheSpoonyOne on 25 December, 2013, 2:46
Ah, I see, well, since you responded to mine, I'll do the same to yours. The idea that because one nation doesn't take an action, it is therefore logical that another nation will do the same, seems tenuous at best. I agree, China would never risk it, that's why this discussion was, before it was decided to be ended, based on hypotheticals. My argument has always been, simply, that the Chinese government has been shown to often act irrationally, and thus cannot be assumed, therefore, to act rationally and logically in every possible endevour it may or may not undertake.
Comment icon #37 Posted by Rogue Suga on 25 December, 2013, 7:47
This is exciting stuff Also the moon rover "sleeps" during the moon's night time.
Comment icon #38 Posted by cedarcarver1 on 27 December, 2013, 7:24
I'm not really sure how to respond to China's latest triumph. On a personal level, I can applaud them for this achievement. On another level, I have this unsettling, mental image of a smiling face that distracts your attention with it's benign features, masking a deeper, hidden intent. The same disturbing feeling applies to other nations who are expanding their terra firma explorations beyond our atmospheric boundaries. I also feel, political ramifications aside, that the U.S. is in no position to deny other countries the same expansionist aims for other worlds/planets. I tend to f... [More]
Comment icon #39 Posted by skookum on 28 December, 2013, 8:49
Mining stuff on the moon would indeed be challenging although recently I read some articles on proposed ways of getting things back efficiently. One interesting idea was to build large cannons that could easily fire things from the surface back to Earth which would soft land in oceans using parachutes and then be recovered.

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