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Old Nov 1st, 2013, 05:23 PM   #41
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Rumour has it that this part of the moon is made of chòu dòufu.
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Old Nov 1st, 2013, 06:36 PM   #42
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Lets pray and hope we still have an apollo space craft still as it seems today's technology isn't cutting it.
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Old Dec 2nd, 2013, 10:13 PM   #43
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China Shoots for the Moon



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China is aiming to become only the third nation ever, after Russia and the U.S., to land a spacecraft on the moon.

The Asian nation successfully launched its Chang’e-3 probe, its third lunar mission, early on Monday morning, Beijing time. The spacecraft is set to make the first soft landing on the moon in nearly four decades, on or around December 14.

The Chang’e-3 is named after the Chinese goddess of the moon. It follows on the heels of two previous lunar orbiting missions launched by China since 2007, ones that surveyed and mapped the entire moon, including a potential future landing site for the current mission.

The four-legged lander—the size of a sports utility vehicle—is now on course to arrive in lunar orbit by the end of this week. After firing its rockets to slow its speed and go into orbit around the moon, it will next initiate a landing in mid-December, and finally release a 140-kilogram (300-pound), six-wheeled rover on the moon’s surface.
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Old Dec 3rd, 2013, 08:37 AM   #44
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Scary, they will claim the moon and its air space as theirs and we will have file flight plans as it will Chinese air space soon.
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As scary to us as U.S. space dominance was to them in the past. These emerging issues - China and India both advancing rapidly with their space programmes (India just launched a probe to Mars!) – are another reason why it is important to engage and form agreements through bodies such as the United Nations, so that any developments are for the good of all humankind. China in particular has the economic and resource capabilities to put the U.S. to shame in space over the long term. Canada in particular should be exploring partnerships for our astronauts, since the U.S. continues to be incapable of even launching its own people into space.... and if U.S. / Russia relations continue on their current path, U.S. astronauts looking to hitch a ride into orbit may find the answer is nyet.
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Exactly. The U.S. is fast becoming an "also-ran."
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Exactly. The U.S. is fast becoming an "also-ran."
Okay like the Brampton Mayor, I will take Mandarin classes but at my own expense LOL
since China is taking over.
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China has also in the past decade been investing very heavily in Africa and Latin America... while the U.S. continues to be distracted with its adventures in the Middle East. Mandarin would be a good idea....
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Tomorrow (Saturday 14 Dec) the Chinese are hoping to become the third nation to "soft land" on the moon with the Chang'e-3 spacecraft and the Yutu (Jade Rabbit) rover...

China's first lunar probe to land on the moon
China's first lunar rover is expected to land on the moon on Saturday, less than two weeks after it blasted off from Earth,
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Chang'e-3, the unmanned spacecraft carrying the rover, is due to touch down on a lava plain named Sinus Iridum, or Bay of Rainbows, shortly after 3 p.m. GMT (10 a.m. ET) on December 14,
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On landing, Chang'e-3 will release Jade Rabbit (called Yutu in Chinese) -- a six-wheeled lunar rover equipped with at least four cameras and two mechanical legs that can dig up soil samples to a depth of 30 meters.

The solar-powered rover will patrol the moon's surface, studying the structure of the lunar crust as well as soil and rocks, for at least three months.
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BBC News - China lands Jade Rabbit robot rover on Moon

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China says it has successfully landed a craft carrying a robotic rover on the surface of the Moon, a major step in its programme of space exploration.

On Saturday afternoon (GMT), a landing module underwent a powered descent, using thrusters to perform the first soft landing on the Moon in 37 years.

Several hours later, the lander will deploy a robotic rover called Yutu, which translates as "Jade Rabbit".

The touchdown took place on a flat plain called the Bay of Rainbows.
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