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China's Chang'e 3 rover lands on the moon!
« on: December 15, 2013, 12:35:46 AM »
For those who have been living on the moon and not paying attention to recent news, you now have a Chinese robot with you . . .
http://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/dec/14/chinese-spacecraft-lands-moon-china

You can see a snapshot of the moon from the lander here:
http://science.time.com/2013/12/14/chinas-first-moon-probe-makes-successful-landing/

Technical details:
http://www.spaceflight101.com/change-3.html

It looks like the US has some healthy competition to motivate an increased NASA budget! ::)

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Re: China's Chang'e 3 rover lands on the moon!
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2013, 08:50:31 AM »
Nicely done by the Chinese.

Hope to see the remains of the US and USSR on the moon.

See who will claim the moon first. US, USSR, China ?
I hope there will be a (united- all countries) spacecenter so we can discover the moon.

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Re: China's Chang'e 3 rover lands on the moon!
« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2013, 10:38:08 AM »
No need for the US to 'save face' and go to the moon again. We put people there like 50 years ago using computers that could barely run a digital watch. Multiple times. :P

Unless there is $$$ to be made on the moon, Mars is where the US needs to be. No?

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Re: China's Chang'e 3 rover lands on the moon!
« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2013, 12:09:48 PM »
On Mars would be nice also. My opinion is that space exploration is a bit slow at the moment.

Nobody loses face as I see it, space exploration is difficult enough.

 


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