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China celebrates moon landing success


Posted on Sunday, 15 December, 2013 | Comment icon 39 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 (39)

Tags: Moon, China

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Comment icon #30 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 18 December, 2013, 3:12
You mentioned something about a nation claiming the moon belonged to them and every other nation ignoring them because of the treaty. So, given that my post was not based on a falacy and I was responding to that, I won't bother answering you. You are following one fallacy with another I'm afraid. There was a whole conversation going on, which it seems you haven't followed. You have, therefore, mistaken what was said. To recap: I am not going to get into the alarmist, conspiracy guys theories that they intend to claim the moon and its resources or set up missile bases. Treaties can be broken. H... [More]
Comment icon #31 Posted by tyrant lizard on 18 December, 2013, 10:13
You are following one fallacy with another I'm afraid. There was a whole conversation going on, which it seems you haven't followed. You have, therefore, mistaken what was said. To recap: It was to these comments that I was responding when I said: That is what was being discussed and it doesn't change the fact that your post misunderstands what the treaty allows. 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
China's moon rover continues lunar survey after photographing lander BEIJING, Dec. 22 (Xinhua) -- China's first moon rover, Yutu, or Jade Rabbit, continued patrol explorations on the lunar surface after taking photos of the lander for the fifth and final time early on Sunday.According to the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND), images transmitted to the ground after the latest photos were captured showed for the first time the national flags on both Yutu and the lander. Read more...
Comment icon #34 Posted by TheSpoonyOne on 23 December, 2013, 17:58
This is a non sequitur. The argument "China has a poor record of human rights and so would therefore break international treaties on space" is simply illogical. The one does not follow logically from the other. It also does not answer the questions I asked: 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 w... [More]
Comment icon #35 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 23 December, 2013, 18:42
No, I don't think it is a non sequitur at all 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 conce... [More]
Comment icon #36 Posted by TheSpoonyOne on 25 December, 2013, 2:46
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 Moon would risk maj... [More]
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 feel that any... [More]
Comment icon #39 Posted by skookum on 28 December, 2013, 8:49
Mining the moon? I dunno, China has been lucky to get a rover there, baby steps so far. It will be many years more before they have a man there, even longer till a functioning base is potentially built, and space travel to the moon tends to take just enough fuel to get there and back, to be economical and safe. Can you imagine the sheer weight of anything mined, and the amount of fuel and the size of ship it will need to get back to earth? I dont think any mining will be done for a long long time... if at all. Its very expensive getting there and back, an expense which - may be more than the v... [More]


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