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Chinese Chang'e-3 Lunar Rover On Its Way After Successful Launch 101

Posted by samzenpus
from the we-have-lift-off dept.
savuporo writes "The Chang'e-3 lunar probe, which includes the Yutu or Jade Rabbit buggy, blasted off on board an enhanced Long March-3B carrier rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center at 1:30 a.m. (12.30 p.m. EDT). Landing is expected on December 14, at a landing site called Sinus Iridium (the Bay of Rainbows), a relic of a huge crater 258 km in diameter. Coverage of the launch was carried live on CCTV, with youtube copies available."
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Chinese Chang'e-3 Lunar Rover On Its Way After Successful Launch

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  • by Taco Cowboy (5327) on Sunday December 01, 2013 @05:11PM (#45569981) Journal

    While it is true that Asian countries (especially China and India) are playing catch up in the space race, they are catching up pretty quickly.

    It is very very true that what India and China are doing the West (and Russia) had done some decades ago.

    It is also true that what China is doing (and what India is doing also) is nothing new in the Western standard, one shouldn't stay put just because one's opponents are just beginning to do the "old stuff", or else, one day, the opponent may just have passed you by.

    To India and China, congratulation of what you guys are doing !

    To the West, please wake the fuck up !

  • by ganjadude (952775) on Sunday December 01, 2013 @05:21PM (#45570049) Homepage
    fight terrorists, fund BS health care legislation, either or. forget space m i right?
  • by Shakrai (717556) * on Sunday December 01, 2013 @05:29PM (#45570103) Journal

    To the West, please wake the fuck up

    That won't happen until the Chinese do something we haven't done before, preferably something with implications for national-defense. When that happens there will be a massive panic, followed by determined efforts to rectify the situation. What you're looking for is another Sputnik, and it will be a few decades before the Chinese are there.

    For some reason this quote comes to mind: "Americans will always do the right thing, after they've exhausted all other possibilities."

  • by Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) on Sunday December 01, 2013 @05:44PM (#45570171)

    Anyone can pick arbitrary milestones to make a point, but that doesn't make it meaningful.

    I think the more informative numbers would be the cost (in inflation adjusted dollars) for the various projects. I don't know what they are, but I suspect China and India are doing their missions for a fraction of what it cost the US to do it, which means they will probably be doing more in the near future.

  • by Foxhoundz (2015516) on Sunday December 01, 2013 @05:58PM (#45570247)

    I hope it go crashes after going a km up. Fuck their tiny 1cm peni.

    I was gone from Slashdot for almost a year and this is what I'm greeted to. It's a shame things are continuing their downward spiral.

  • by Taco Cowboy (5327) on Sunday December 01, 2013 @06:11PM (#45570307) Journal

    Anyone can pick arbitrary milestones to make a point, but that doesn't make it meaningful.

    I think the more informative numbers would be the cost (in inflation adjusted dollars) for the various projects. I don't know what they are, but I suspect China and India are doing their missions for a fraction of what it cost the US to do it, which means they will probably be doing more in the near future.

    The biggest differentiating factor does not come with a number attached.

    What India and China have, and what the West is sorely lacking, is the DETERMINATION to make their country more technologically advance.

    England used to be one of the top country in the world in term of technology, and what happened ?

    They taught their children how to use Microsoft Word in school, rather than how to program.

    America is still (one of the) top country (countries) in the world in term of technology, but technology is far from being what the average American is interested in.

    The Americans are wasting their time debating the never-ending pro and anti-abortion issue.

    The Americans prefer to watch Netflix, to vote for their next American Idol, than to encourage and lead their children towards learning the how-tos in technology.

    In other words, the Indians and the Chinese have much more curiosity than the people in the Western countries, and their curiosities are propelling onwards in strengthening themselves and their respective countries in Science and Technology, while the West, still sitting in their comfortable Lazy-Boy watching the latest flix from Hollywood.

  • by beltsbear (2489652) on Sunday December 01, 2013 @06:16PM (#45570337)

    It is much more challenging to do tele-operated rovers on Mars and manned missions to the moon. The west has done both. Nobody else has. I do think the Chinese could beat the US back to the moon, and I hope they go full throttle towards the goal of a manned base on the moon. We need a space race to get us off this rock.

    There are plenty of firsts and (in my opinion) more interesting places to go in the solar system, like Europa and other potentially life and or liquid water containing moons. It would be great to see China or India attempt missions on that level.

  • by ArbitraryName (3391191) on Sunday December 01, 2013 @06:17PM (#45570343)

    Catching up pretty quickly???

    Considering the United States has no capability to put humans even in orbit, let alone other celestial bodies, one could say China has surpassed the US.

  • Re:China & India (Score:4, Insightful)

    by joe_frisch (1366229) on Sunday December 01, 2013 @06:59PM (#45570601)

    The amount we spend on space is a tiny fraction of government spending.

    Are you so sure that space colonization is impossible? No new science is required. We can easily imagine most of the engineering that is needed. It would be fantastically expensive - but even at say $10T, (something like 100X apollo) that is only 10 years wasted healthcare money in the US.

    As an aside, I believe the goal of space IS space, not somehow enriching lives on earth. To ridiculous precision everything in the universe is not on earth - the goal is everything.

    Maybe we will fail, but isn't it worth it to try?

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