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How China Will Get To the Moon Before a Google Lunar XPrize Winner 173

Posted by samzenpus
from the third-is-better-than-last dept.
An anonymous reader writes in with this link about the advances in China's lunar program. "A $30 million Google-backed competition to land a spacecraft on the moon may be about to be scooped. China's Chang'e 3 probe successfully put itself into lunar orbit on Friday in preparation for an attempted touchdown around Dec. 14. China won't be winning the prize money, which is reserved for privately funded, previously enrolled teams, not government agencies."
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How China Will Get To the Moon Before a Google Lunar XPrize Winner

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  • Re:Well really.. (Score:5, Informative)

    by rioki (1328185) on Monday December 09, 2013 @03:34AM (#45637465) Homepage

    I stand corrected, the clause was already dropped:

    A recent update in the teams’ legal agreement with the X Prize Foundation removed a $5 million penalty if a government entity got to the surface of the moon first.

  • Re:missing the point (Score:5, Informative)

    by subreality (157447) on Monday December 09, 2013 @05:55AM (#45637833)

    its widely recognized that US beat the Soviets in the early space race

    By whom?

    First artificial satellite: Sputnik
    First human in space: Yuri Gagarin
    First human in orbit: Yuri Gagarin (He gets mentioned twice because he achieved this before the US managed even a suborbital flight)
    First lunar flyby: Luna 1
    First impact on the moon: Luna 2
    First spacewalk: Aleksei Leonov
    First soft landing on the moon: Luna 9

    The commitment to boots on the moon led to Gemini turning things around in the mid '60s, but before that the Soviets did quite well, especially with Earth-orbit tech.

  • Re:missing the point (Score:4, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 09, 2013 @07:13AM (#45638073)

    Also first woman in space: Valentina Tereshkova

  • Re:missing the point (Score:3, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 09, 2013 @07:19AM (#45638103)

    Also:

    Venera 3, first manmade object to impact another planet's surface.
    Venera 4, first spacecraft to measure the atmosphere of another planet.
    Venera 7, first spacecraft to successfully land on another planet.

  • Re:Well really.. (Score:4, Informative)

    by Shadowmist (57488) on Monday December 09, 2013 @02:07PM (#45641391)

    The Russians sent a sample return mission in 1970. Luna 16.

    More importantly, the Russians who had ample reason to do so... have never challenged the Apollo accomplishment.

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