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NASA and China's Yutu Rover Are Still Making Discoveries On the Moon (examiner.com) 34

MarkWhittington writes: The last time men walked on the moon was during the flight of Apollo 17, 43 Decembers ago. According to a story in Forbes, lunar soil and rock samples returned by the last moonwalkers are still yielding new insights into the history and nature of Earth's nearest neighbor. In the meantime, the latest explorer to go to the moon, a Chinese robotic rover named Yutu has made some discoveries of its own.
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NASA and China's Yutu Rover Are Still Making Discoveries On the Moon

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  • by rossdee ( 243626 ) on Saturday December 26, 2015 @11:30AM (#51185981)

    A Monolith

  • This is the first I have heard that china sent a rover to the moon.

    Although I can't really say I am surprised that it only worked right the first few days.

    I wonder why it didn't make the news here?

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Maybe you just have not been paying attention:
      http://www.space.com/28810-moon-history-chinese-lunar-rover.html

      For that matter the GRAIL experiment has done more to expose the inner structure of the Moon than either of the points raised in the article
      http://www.space.com/18780-grail-moon-gravity-map.html

  • According to a story in Forbes

    Naaaaah.

    PS It's the same article you linked to just a few days ago.

    • According to a story in Forbes

      Naaaaah.

      PS It's the same article you linked to just a few days ago.

      And since Forbes wont let you in if you are running an adblocker, now there is a really good reason to not RTFA.

  • Yutu: But still haven't found what I'm looking for.

  • by k6mfw ( 1182893 ) on Sunday December 27, 2015 @03:09PM (#51191035)

    Though everyone loves Mars and those rovers are exciting, I was thinking how cool it would be to have a modern lunar rover with the HD cameras. OK, Chinese placed Yutu which I haven't followed its news that much.

    While US has spent billions on Mars rovers, why not use that expertise to deploy lunar rovers (oh wait, policy is to avoid talking about the Moon). Imagine a rover to go to those craters where the sun never shines to sample soil for ice? A rover to visit Saturn V third stage impact areas? Or better yet a rover to visit Apollo landing sites and take really good pictures (though quality will be so good many luddites will claim it's proof those landings were done at Area 51). It would be also interesting to see how solar radiation has changed composition of the Apollo hardware (how much of the colors are left on the flags?).

    Paul Spudis commented rover visiting Apollo sites will be very interesting, however, US prohibits disturbing Apollo landing sites. But if rover was an international program?

    Heh, I was thinking of a Kelly Freas painting, what if they visit an Apollo 15, 16, or 17 site and find the Apollo rover is not there. But its tracks go off into the horizon. So this new rover follows the tracks and then finds the Apollo rover (where it ended when batteries spent) up on blocks with all the good stuff stripped from it.

    • Though everyone loves Mars and those rovers are exciting, I was thinking how cool it would be to have a modern lunar rover with the HD cameras.

      You are wanting to read this [xprize.org]. In short, Google thinks so too, and is putting up $30 million in prizes if the competing teams can put a rover on the Moon and roll it 500 meters. The deadline is the end of 2017. One of the teams has signed a launch contract already, so they might make it. Audi has signed on to back the German team, so there may be a rover with an Audi logo on it rolling around on the Moon in a year or two.

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