Chinese unmanned spacecraft lands on moon

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Tjh14 wrote:

Think the wheels will fall off from cheap parts or shoddy workmanship? Can the Chinese actually build something of quality?

Dec 14, 2013 8:50am EST  --  Report as abuse
pmuwgumycuas wrote:

It won’t be long before China announces a space defense identification zone around the moon, similar to its air defense identification zone in the East China Sea. We are in a new Cold War but our empty suits in Washington are collecting too much loot to notice.

If anyone wants to read a cautionary tale on the subject, Google for “The U.S. versus the accelerated dragon” (you will need the quotes).

Dec 14, 2013 9:14am EST  --  Report as abuse
Jay_Hanig wrote:

I shot an arrow into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For, so swiftly it flew, the sight
Could not follow it in its flight.

Dec 14, 2013 9:32am EST  --  Report as abuse
Bighammerman wrote:

Another Obama failure where the U.S. has lost the lead. Obama needs to resign so the U.S. can again become the best. Obama has put the U.S. on a track to being weak and that is hurting is badly.

Dec 14, 2013 9:36am EST  --  Report as abuse
kablooy1 wrote:

China probably “developed” 99% of their space technology by hacking it from our under secured computer networks.

Dec 14, 2013 9:59am EST  --  Report as abuse
fy110 wrote:

The rise of China , come on!

Dec 14, 2013 10:31am EST  --  Report as abuse
Tiu wrote:

@kablooy1, in the early days of NASA they employed a Chinese American scientist. He returned to China in the late 70′s or early 80′s (I can’t remember the exact date) after he got tired of being repeatedly investigated and harassed in America.
Chinese space science could have stayed in America. No hacking was needed.

Dec 14, 2013 10:44am EST  --  Report as abuse

who can believe this murderous government about anything?

Dec 14, 2013 10:56am EST  --  Report as abuse
tmc wrote:

@Bigmammerman, you should really seek some counseling dude. It’s not healthy to harbor such deep seated hatreds.

Dec 14, 2013 11:05am EST  --  Report as abuse
gitmojo wrote:

Nice first five seconds of flight.
Where are the glorious “soft landing” pics?
Camera and craft probably twenty feet deep in green cheese.

Dec 14, 2013 11:16am EST  --  Report as abuse
WhyMeLord wrote:

In a competition, you only stay in front if you continue to compete.
If you think you can quit and still win, just ask the hare about it.
On January 14, 2004, George W. Bush cancelled the US Space Shuttle.
Without that program to fuel space explorations, we quit the race.
That left the door open to Tom, Dick or Harry to catch up with us.
If you aren’t from Texas, where they rewrite history, you know that it was the GOP that allowed the Chinese to start winning the game.

Dec 14, 2013 11:21am EST  --  Report as abuse
Cyclops1968 wrote:

I hope they open a Chinese restaurant up there for our astronauts

Dec 14, 2013 11:25am EST  --  Report as abuse
IrateNate wrote:

I understand they uncovered the ruins of an ancient Chinese buffet. Apparently, the food was good, but there was no atmosphere…

Dec 14, 2013 11:33am EST  --  Report as abuse
newlygrad wrote:

Hope they land everything soft, including their economy, so there is no dust tornado on earth either.

Dec 14, 2013 12:00pm EST  --  Report as abuse
tmc wrote:

@IrateNate… LMFAO!!!

Dec 14, 2013 12:29pm EST  --  Report as abuse
WhyMeLord wrote:

Leave it to the American GOP wing-nuts to make fun of anyone else’s accomplishments or hard work. We have given up on hard work in this country, and seek to rest on our laurels while the rest of the world catches up with us. This is just one of the dire consequences of our love affair with globalization, which leads to equalization, which leads to socialism, which leads to us becoming a third-world country quicker than you can figure out the Koch Brother’s plan.

Dec 14, 2013 12:32pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jhvance wrote:

Despite the snark from many other commenters, I congratulate the Chang’e 3 team on a successful soft landing, and hope the scientific exploration phase of the mission will prove equally or even more successful.

And just to pointedly remind the snarky ones, it was Richard Nixon who shut down the Saturn 5 assembly line and cancelled the last few Apollo missions whose hardware was already funded and under construction, all in favor of a new-concept spaceplane that could never feasibly provide human crews with access to space beyond low Earth orbit.

Dec 14, 2013 12:33pm EST  --  Report as abuse
zhanyeye wrote:

Legend has it the shadow we see on the moon is the beautiful young lady Chang’e and she is accompanied by several rabbits, hence the jade rabbits.

Of course as long the landing was not carried out by the UA government or an US civilian agency! it’s a minor irrelevant story, even thought it has not been done for almost 40 years now, and not worth to be the headline, especially it is done by Chinese, a country that we envy, fear and also hate her new found richness and her recent military power. Wish they had stayed a true communist country. None of this reforming and openness business.

Dec 14, 2013 12:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse
zhanyeye wrote:

Legend has it the shadow we see on the moon is the beautiful young lady Chang’e and she is accompanied by several rabbits, hence the jade rabbits.

Of course as long the landing was not carried out by the UA government or an US civilian agency! it’s a minor irrelevant story, even thought it has not been done for almost 40 years now, and not worth to be the headline, especially it is done by Chinese, a country that we envy, fear and also hate her new found richness and her recent military power. Wish they had stayed a true communist country. None of this reforming and openness business.

Dec 14, 2013 12:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse
zhanyeye wrote:

Legend has it the shadow we see on the moon is the beautiful young lady Chang’e and she is accompanied by several rabbits, hence the jade rabbits.

Of course as long the landing was not carried out by the UA government or an US civilian agency! it’s a minor irrelevant story, even thought it has not been done for almost 40 years now, and not worth to be the headline, especially it is done by Chinese, a country that we envy, fear and also hate her new found richness and her recent military power. Wish they had stayed a true communist country. None of this reforming and openness business.

Dec 14, 2013 12:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jrpardinas wrote:

The US has bigger fish to fry.

There’s still a lot of small weak countries out there we haven’t invaded.

Dec 14, 2013 12:52pm EST  --  Report as abuse
zhanyeye wrote:

Yes, whatever China accomplished must be stolen from our secure computers. It says how secure our computers are! All those Chinese physics, chemistry and nuclear physics, electrical, mechanical, aerospace engineering Ph.Ds were just empty titles for dummies.

Even Chinese language was stolen from US Microsoft software language options 4-5 thousand ears ago. Chinese even didn’t know how about fornicating until they saw Hollywood’s adult movies.

Dec 14, 2013 1:07pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Redford wrote:

Been there; done that.

Dec 14, 2013 1:15pm EST  --  Report as abuse
busseja wrote:

I think I was one of the youngest people to work on the Apollo program at least at McDonnell Douglas and Boeing and I retired in 2005. This is grand for the Chinese. Congrats. We can’t even put a man or monkey in space nor can we bring a man or monkey back. We are good at distributing pampers to illegal aliens though. And our president by his own admission is “good at killing people.” PROGRESS and NATIONAL PRIDE ABOUND, just not here in the USA.

Dec 14, 2013 1:22pm EST  --  Report as abuse
SanPa wrote:

@Bighammerman – Are you for real? The US hasn’t been to the moon for decades. And neither he nor the democrats have been to blame for NASA budget cuts; actually, Reagan was the first to make cut backs before and again not long after the Challenger disaster. Ah … but, some Americans do enjoy tax cuts from outsourcing manufacture to … China. Oh right, it comes from the American Jobs Creation Act of 2005 … not quit an Obama moment, either.

Dec 14, 2013 2:15pm EST  --  Report as abuse
MarketPawn wrote:

Is it true that China accomplished this for only 0.36% of the cost of NASA (adjusted for inflation)? The total cost of the Chang’e 2 mission was approximately CN¥900 million (US$134 million).
NASA’s total government monopoly preventing private enterprise to compete all those decades, was the worse thing for space exploration.
Let’s shut down President Obama’s Killer Drones and close his civil-rights offensive NSA spying program. Put that $185 Billion a year into the private Google’s Lunar X Prize international space race. The private Google’s Lunar Prize. We have many unemployed Americans who can invent and explore. Government is misdirecting our diminishing resources today.

Dec 14, 2013 2:27pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Bookfan wrote:

Next on the agenda are toilets for the 50% who have none, and air clean enough to breathe.

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MarketPawn you seem to be totally propagandized, those drones are the best military tool for peace in 100 years, the NSA is not concerned with your Facebook posts, and the X Prize is a silly trophy for millionaire tourism. You probably think the idiot fool Snowden is a hero!

As a Nader voter I don’t mind saying kids these days are the least aware, most pop-culture centric generation in my lifetime.

Dec 14, 2013 3:09pm EST  --  Report as abuse
TheMaxx wrote:

Just curious: Is there some international treaty or something that governs what people can do on the moon? Or is it a free for all?

Dec 14, 2013 3:54pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ObserversRUs wrote:

Bookfan, he clearly says “shut down”. That was one of the trouble with Nader supporters, they chose to ignore facts. Evidently Nader supports NSA spying on citizens no matter what the cost?
Are you just jealous that scientist can be rewarded for innovation? The prizes are about much more than tourism. Opps, forgot, the facts don’t matter.
China’s program of awarding contracts should be applauded. This was an innovative move at a very cost effective rate. Wish we could promote this level of innovation in the US.

Dec 14, 2013 4:16pm EST  --  Report as abuse
CDN_Rebel wrote:

Not to crap on China’s achievement, but America and Russia did it with arcane technology and the computing power of pocket calculators and the Chinese, Iranians and Indians are doing it with state of the art stuff 40 years on. Not quite the same level of achievement imo, but kudos are still certainly in order; just don’t get confused into thinking they are eating our lunch. It’s more like the equivalent of remaking the Star Wars movie with more modern effects – did it make that any better? But it sure did cost a lot of money, and these countries can’t really afford it honestly. Prestige doesn’t feed the poor…

Dec 14, 2013 5:17pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Bookfan wrote:

busseja – Retired in 2005, yes you are showing your age, if the elderly in Texas are bigots.

We’ve figured out that putting living things in space is just boondoggling around. When a Chinese shuttle burns up on reentry they’ll misinform the world that it’s holiday fireworks. Btw in case you’ve not heard, our robots are roaming around Mars, our satellites are exiting the solar system, measuring the CMBR, photographing moons of Saturn etc. A small robot on our moon is nothing.

We’ll allow your curmudgeonly cynicism as early senility.

Dec 14, 2013 5:29pm EST  --  Report as abuse
trent50 wrote:

CDN_Rebel – you do realise that 40 years ago NASA and Russian technology was state of the art?

Dec 14, 2013 5:53pm EST  --  Report as abuse
carlmartel wrote:

This is good for humanity. China has the money to continue its space program with lunar exploration, space stations, Mars exploration, and exploiting the asteroid belt. China’s leaders are technocrats trained in the sciences. China’s leaders don’t have elections that change policy every four years, make gridlock, or force reductions in funding. Some don’t like China’s technocracy, but US democracy hasn’t been working lately. Earth needs resources and new technology instead of debates about political philosophy. If democracies can’t produce needed results, let technocracies develop and exploit space resources.

Dec 14, 2013 6:18pm EST  --  Report as abuse
RedEyedJedi wrote:

Guys it’s okay. We have already done that to Mars. A planet ahead! Eat that China!

Dec 14, 2013 6:52pm EST  --  Report as abuse
usagadfly wrote:

If you do not fund technology research, you will only produced technological advances sporadically, if at all.

The truth is that US Government funded research was gutted under the George H.W. Bush administration’s Secretary of Defense, who chose to slash defense spending overall at the same time he decided to spend available funds on personnel costs rather than on research and procurement. That man’s name is Dick Cheney, later to be chosen to be Vice President. He is a Republican, for those who have forgotten.

Of course it would never have happened without the agreement of the Clinton administration during the 1990′s. So “both” so-called parties lockstepped to yet another “bipartisan” disaster.

The USA has spent virtually no money developing new technology since 1995 or so. Whatever has been rolled out since was all in the “pipeline” before 1996. And the well has run dry, not surprisingly. Compare DARPA project spending before 1989 to after 1996, if you want to see the drop. The USA decided to fight wars in the Middle East instead of developing things — which continues to be our “national priority”. The US stopped leading in research almost 20 years ago, people.

Dec 14, 2013 7:34pm EST  --  Report as abuse
joe_baby88 wrote:

Made in China. Ugh.

Dec 14, 2013 9:08pm EST  --  Report as abuse
boonteetan wrote:

China could practice humility, and not be overwhelmed by the successful landing. More work needs to be done to put someone on the moon as planned soon, and some years later, someone on Mars. Go for it, time to tell the world what Chinese can do, and will do. (ttm1943)

Dec 14, 2013 10:36pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Bakhtin wrote:

Wow – the Chinese can do what the Americans did in 1966. Those guys are really catching up!

Dec 14, 2013 11:44pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Bakhtin wrote:

zhaneye…

spin it how you want, the fact remains that any problems the Chinese face have already been solved by the Americans and Soviets in the 1960s. All the Chinese have to do is look up the answers.

Dec 15, 2013 12:04am EST  --  Report as abuse
Rationale wrote:

This was not a trivial accomplishment in 1969 or in 2013. We should encourage and congratulate the Chinese – for trying and for succeeding.

Dec 15, 2013 12:22am EST  --  Report as abuse
crittertron wrote:

Good lord, the ignorance & bigotry just spilling out over these comments is terrible. How about the Chinese invented paper & gun powder so Americans can thank them for the paper on which the Enlightenment was printed & the force to liberate themselves from monarchy.

Congrats China, well done.

Dec 15, 2013 6:34am EST  --  Report as abuse
crittertron wrote:

What did the Chinese ever do to America anyway? Last thing I remember is they helped us defeat the Japanese & then we bombed them from Japanese air strips because they wanted to be free of European occupation.

Dec 15, 2013 6:36am EST  --  Report as abuse
Papa_Mikey wrote:

I hear they already have a sweat sop set up ad will immediately be sending children thee.

Dec 15, 2013 9:43am EST  --  Report as abuse
Papa_Mikey wrote:

I hear they already have a sweat sop set up ad will immediately be sending children thee.

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Papa_Mikey wrote:

I hear they already have a sweat sop set up ad will immediately be sending children thee.

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Papa_Mikey wrote:

I hear they already have a sweat sop set up ad will immediately be sending children thee.

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Papa_Mikey wrote:

I hear they already have a sweat sop set up ad will immediately be sending children thee.

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marsoptica wrote:

Look what is bigger news than a moon landing
that NASA is missing out on
google search “Mars trace fossils” or click link below

http://gigapan.com/gigapans/146510

Dec 15, 2013 10:05am EST  --  Report as abuse
Bakhtin wrote:

What bigotry?

Copying something from the 1960s is hardly a ‘Wow!’ More of a “What the hell is the point?”

Dec 15, 2013 10:14am EST  --  Report as abuse
MikeBarnett wrote:

China lands a rover on the Moon, works on a space station, and has its Baidu (GPS) system nearly complete. Seeking resources on the Moon, Mars, and the Asteroid Belt offers the chance for humans to develop their economies without fighting wars. Earth has 64 billion cubic miles, but humans can use only the outer 20 miles, 955.208 cubic miles, before hitting the molten interior, so humans can only use 1.6%, or 1/67, of Earth’s resources.

The Asteroid Belt is an unformed planet with most resources on or near the surfaces. Needed materials can be gathered from the Belt or rockets can move asteroids to near Earth orbit for exploitation. How many wars can be avoided if China increases Earth’s total resources by 6700% without firing a shot? To win a war is competence, to win a war without fighting that war is genius.

Dec 15, 2013 4:03pm EST  --  Report as abuse
MikeBarnett wrote:

correction: 1st paragraph, line 4 should read “outer 20 miles, 955.208 million cubuc miles”

Dec 15, 2013 5:19pm EST  --  Report as abuse
UauS wrote:

Well, the Soviet Union was once first in Space… if you still remember the Soviet Union.

Dec 15, 2013 10:02pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Bakhtin wrote:

@MikeBarnett

The Moon has already been explored, by the Americans, back in the 1960s. If China wants to know what is there they can ask the Americans instead of reinventing the wheel. So again.. what is the point of repeating something that was done half a century ago?

Even if there are resources on the Moon, it is not Chinese territory (though I am sure an map of the moon drawn by an ancient Chinese fisherman would emerge…)and therefore not Chinese resources to mine.

BTW, it is cubic miles, not cubuc. Didn’t you once post that you are American? Odd that a native speaker is not familiar with a common word like ‘cubic’.

Dec 15, 2013 11:49pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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