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ISRO (India's Space Agency) lost contact with the Chandrayaan-2 lander. No confirmation that it has crashed... just no contact.

EDIT: On the upside, India's lunar orbiter remains functional and performing science. The lander was planned for a 15-day mission, so this is disappointing, but still a major success for ISRO.
 

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I want them to go to the moon using solar and wind power.
 

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I want them to go to the moon using solar and wind power.
Using processes and materials created solely with solar and wind power...
 

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Using processes and materials created solely with solar and wind power...
My grandpappy burnt coal, oil & gasoline.... I burn coal, oil & gasoline.... and dang-nabbit! My grandkiddies and their grandkiddies are going to burn coal, oil & gasoline 'cause that's the way we do it here! None of this lily-livered, panty-waist, commie-pinko renewable energy fluffery! That ain't manly!

 

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Hello, Bigot.

Once again, <whoooooosh!>

Yer an idiot.

You're so immersed in your ideological tirade that you fail to note that many of the processes & materials simply cannot be manufactured using wind & solar power.

Name one, a single solitary working commercial example, of any of the following currently operating entirely (not merely theoretically) on wind or solar:
1) Titanium smelter;
2) Aluminum smelter;
3) Steel mill.

Go ahead. I'll wait...

None of this lily-livered, panty-waist, commie-pinko renewable energy fluffery! That ain't manly!
 

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Going to travel to the moon sitting on a solar panel that works like a flying carpet. Just you wait and see!
May as well use a trebuchet...
 

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May as well use a trebuchet...
Had to look that one up. The wonderful part of being senile is that you re-larn something new every day.:D
 

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Entirely possible. But that raises the question, how quickly do you want them to get there?
Depends on who is going...
 

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China's Chang'e-4 probe survives 500 Earth days on Moon's far side



China's Chang'e-4 probe has survived 500 Earth days on the far side of the moon while conducting a scientific exploration of the virgin territory.

The lander and rover of the Chang'e-4 probe have resumed work for the 18th lunar day on the far side of the moon after "sleeping" during the extremely cold night.

The lander woke up at 3:25 a.m. last Sunday (Beijing time) and the rover awoke at 11:53 a.m. last Saturday. Both are in normal working order, according to the Lunar Exploration and Space Program Center of the China National Space Administration (CNSA).

The Chang'e-4 probe, launched on December 8, 2018, made the first-ever soft landing on the Von Karman Crater in the South Pole-Aitken Basin on the far side of the moon on January 3, 2019.

A lunar day equals 14 days on the Earth and a lunar night is of the same length. The Chang'e-4 probe switches to dormant mode during the lunar night due to the lack of solar power.

The rover Yutu-2, or Jade Rabbit-2, has travlled a total of 447.68 meters, and is now 292 meters away from the lander. It has conducted scientific detection on lunar rocks, the lunar soil on its track and some impact craters.

Chinese scientists used the lunar penetrating radar on Yutu-2 to study the geological structure up to 40 meters under, unveiling the secrets under the far-side surface of the moon, for more knowledge of the history of celestial collisions and volcanic activities, as well as the geological evolution on the moon.

(CGTN)​
 

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Looking forward to watching this today - best stream is usually SpaceX's own Webcast.

SpaceX has also updated their website - finally - with lots of pretty pictures, detail on Moon / Mars / Manned Spaceflight missions.

Mission scrubbed due to weather. Better safe than sorry.
 

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I keep imagining Elon Musk with a sledge hammer testing the spacecraft windows before the launch...
 

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I read a comment on another blog today whereby the commenter noted that if it came down to a choice between an asteroid hitting the planet or the last SpaceX rocket ship leaving earth, he'd take his chances with the asteroid.

I have difficulty disagreeing with him...
 
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