China’s First Moon Probe Makes Successful Landing

The rover 'Yutu' is expected to separate from the lander Sunday

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Wang Jianmin / Xinhua / AP

The moon's surface is seen in this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Dec. 14, 2013.

China celebrated the successful landing of its first unmanned moon probe Saturday, a watershed moment in the nation’s advance toward a more developed space program.

The space craft, named Chang’e-3, landed on the moon just after 9 p.m. Beijing time, state news agency Xinhua reports. CCTV provided live coverage of the probe’s landing, which authorities praised as a major step for the military-run space program.

“Compared to the last century’s space race between the United States and the former Soviet Union, mankind’s current return to the moon is more based on curiosity and exploration of the unknown universe,” the state news agency quoted deputy engineer-in-chief Sun Huixian as saying.

The country hopes to create a comprehensive space station by 2020.

[Xinhua]

21 comments
AndreasCY
AndreasCY

China will mine the moon. By 2020 there will be moon no more. :) 

anti-government
anti-government

I never thought I would say this but the People's Republic of China appears to be under better management than the USA. Yes, they are authoritarian and no, I wouldn't want to live in their crowded, polluted cities or their impoverished countryside, but the people running the government are making rational decisions about their economy and that is the primary reason why they are overtaking us in the world. The "lesson" that the West thought it learned from the collapse of the USSR (namely, the futility of central planning), seems less clear than it did 20 years ago, given the enormous success of the centrally planned Chinese economy at the same time that the unplanned American economy overheated and went into free fall, taking a goodly portion of the middle class with it over the side.


We could still restore American prosperity, but not without a shift in paradigms unlikely to occur.



AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

At this point in time a better way to expand the exploration of space is for nations that have proven records in space to join together and marshal their best resources to head for Mars or the asteroid belt and beyond.  The private sector will catch up and exploit space for its resources soon after.

universal93
universal93

The air-space over the moon is now declared special security no-fly zone.!

WienersPeener
WienersPeener

The probe was made in China so it broke down immediately after landing.

btt1943
btt1943

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.

ChinaLee
ChinaLee

Competition is good. Who wants to join the space race?

2013: China soft-lands a rover on the Moon

2017: China returns a lunar soil sample
2020: China constructs its first large space station
2025: China lands a taikonaut on the Moon
2050: China lands a taikonaut on Mars

Denesius
Denesius

Well, considering the money they have amassed thanks to Walmart and other minions, I'm not surprised. All the best to them and their space program.

jcq707
jcq707

They landed in Mars !!!!!!!!!  HELLOOOOO  !!!

JosePremLal
JosePremLal

@Openminded1 - 'CANhead' [Ironic;-)], where are you??!

No comments???

anti-government
anti-government

@btt1943 The very idea of an American suggesting that China show some humility is preposterous. We are the most arrogant country in the world, as can be demonstrated by our prattling on about how awful it is that "terrorists" target civilians when we Americans have killed more civilians with bombs than all other nations and "terrorist groups" in world history combined. We hold ourselves to a much looser standard than we hold everyone else, thinking nothing of chesty American arrogance but noticing when any other country even suggests that it has anything to celebrate.


We celebrated for days when we reached the moon. The Chinese have the right to celebrate too.

universal93
universal93

@btt1943  Yes, China should practice humility to act and live to the contemporary times, not act as economic or military might – both not in a good health either, by throwing its weight and authority.  China may not care, but the world community, equaling more than its population will dislike the way its leadership behaves.

 

duduong
duduong

@ChinaLee 


The last two items have not even been proposed yet, much less approved.


Personally, I expect to see a moon landing in the late 2020's and a moon base in the following decade. A manned mission to Mars is probably too extravagant for mankind of the 21st century.

universal93
universal93

@Denesius Sure. Next time you will see Moon-souvenirs, t-shirts, key-chains, toys, sports-shoes, candy, stickers, patches, etc. in the Wallmart

eetom
eetom

@radiosyria"Combined US-Russian task force deployed to remove it."

Why must combine US and Russian task forces.  Can't any of them do it alone?  When are they going to do this?  I can't wait for this deployment to happen.



duduong
duduong

@jcq707 


Landing on Mars is actually easier, as it has a thin atmosphere that allows parachute braking. China simply feels no rush; it does not want a feast-to-famine environment for its space industry.