Chinese Moon Landing

Rendering of the Chang'e 3 lander and rover, credited to the Beijing Institute of Spacecraft System Engineering

Rendering of the Chang’e 3 lander and rover, credited to the Beijing Institute of Spacecraft System Engineering

Calling all moon landing conspiracy theorists: did China really just make the first landing on the Moon in four decades? Or ever? AP reports on China’s lunar beachhead:

China on Saturday successfully carried out the world’s first soft landing of a space probe on the moon in nearly four decades, state media said, the next stage in an ambitious space program that aims to eventually put a Chinese astronaut on the moon.

The unmanned Chang’e 3 lander, named after a mythical Chinese goddess of the moon, touched down on Earth’s nearest neighbor following a 12-minute landing process.

The probe carried a six-wheeled moon rover called “Yutu,” or “Jade Rabbit,” the goddess’ pet. After landing Saturday evening on a fairly flat, Earth-facing part of the moon, the rover was slated to separate from the Chang’e eight hours later and embark on a three-month scientific exploration.

China’s space program is an enormous source of pride for the country, the third to carry out a lunar soft landing – which does not damage the craft and the equipment it carries – after the United States and the former Soviet Union. The last one was by the Soviet Union in 1976…

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4 Comments on "Chinese Moon Landing"

  1. BuzzCoastin | Dec 14, 2013 at 5:35 pm |

    now if they can figure out
    clean air, clean water & away to feed 1.5 billion people sustainably
    they will have accomplished something

    they feel they need to copy everything the West has done
    without ever reflecting upon
    the value of the thing copied

  2. The Helium-3 Futures Bubble™ begins here.

  3. View Minder | Dec 19, 2013 at 10:26 pm |

    I wish they would have put a better camera on that thing… I was really pumped about seeing some great shots… I’ve seen it all in black and white before… how about some color and some 3D panoramas China dudes?

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