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(The Planetary Society)   Moon landing, Saturday, 8:40 A.M. EST. This will be, IF all goes according to plan, the first non-crash landing on the Moon since the 1970s. Link to English language live television coverage provided   (planetary.org) divider line 120
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2013-12-14 07:44:17 AM
Awesomesauce!
 
2013-12-14 07:52:11 AM
I don't see how they will be able to pull this off now that Stanley Kubrick is dead.....
 
2013-12-14 07:56:50 AM
1970?! Jesus Christ.

I only hope this will start another Space Race. Otherwise NASA will only continue to receive more and more budget cuts.
 
2013-12-14 07:58:14 AM
I hope it gets captured by moon aliens - like in that documentary by Jules Verne.
 
2013-12-14 07:59:53 AM
Meanwhile, Iran is launching monkeys into sub-oribital flights.
 
2013-12-14 08:00:15 AM
Ok. 40 minutes to go, apparently.
 
2013-12-14 08:03:31 AM
Of course.... feed is blocked at work. If anyone has others please post. Or just provide updates if you're able. Thanks.
 
2013-12-14 08:04:15 AM
It's like watching someone else landing on the Mun with the graphics used. I love it!
 
2013-12-14 08:04:26 AM

Infinity370: 1970?! Jesus Christ.

I only hope this will start another Space Race. Otherwise NASA will only continue to receive more and more budget cuts.


I was saying the same thing to my wife. Our budget to fund investigations of waste in the budget is higher than NASA's total funding. Is odorous to me that something that brought so much return on investment not to mention National pride is so disregarded these days.
 
2013-12-14 08:08:05 AM

Migrating Coconut: Of course.... feed is blocked at work. If anyone has others please post. Or just provide updates if you're able. Thanks.


All computer - circa early 90s - graphics at the moment.

Everything is pre-programmed, apparently. We are just seeing the projected trajectory on screen.

I really wish someone taped an iPhone onto the probe and use the Facetime function.


/update. they do have a camera onboard, but I think they said it'll be on after it lands
 
2013-12-14 08:10:21 AM
Awesome photos already!
 
2013-12-14 08:10:41 AM

SJKebab: It's like watching someone else landing on the Mun with the graphics used. I love it!


Mun?
 
2013-12-14 08:10:45 AM
probe descending.

The camera is now on and showing surface of moon.

Eaerth receives the picture pixel by pixel (?)
 
2013-12-14 08:10:54 AM
rootgamer.com
 
2013-12-14 08:12:31 AM
Landed already?  WOW
 
2013-12-14 08:12:33 AM
There are now two choices as a nation for the USA.

Choice 1, Put more money into NASA.

Choice 2, Do *not* put more money into NASA and eventually get big rocks dropped on you by the nations that did get into space and started moving big rocks around.

Choose.

If you do not choose your choice will be made for you and it will be choice 2.
 
2013-12-14 08:12:45 AM
Touchdown
 
2013-12-14 08:12:52 AM
It just landed!!!
 
2013-12-14 08:12:54 AM
Chang E has Landed.
 
GBB [TotalFark]
2013-12-14 08:12:57 AM
Wow... they managed to land it 30 minutes early.
 
2013-12-14 08:14:03 AM
The dragon has landed.  I repeat, the dragon has landed.
 
2013-12-14 08:14:46 AM
I hear the lunar people have really long necks.

planetary.s3.amazonaws.com
 
2013-12-14 08:15:09 AM

italie: [rootgamer.com image 850x544]


17.12.13
 
2013-12-14 08:16:01 AM
Good job.  feels good too see another giant step for humanity.
 
2013-12-14 08:16:29 AM

Migrating Coconut: Of course.... feed is blocked at work. If anyone has others please post. Or just provide updates if you're able. Thanks.


I'm posting from my phone. Silly me lost my feed when I posted earlier and now I can't get it back. Not happy...
 
2013-12-14 08:17:05 AM

Joe Peanut: I hear the lunar people have really long necks.

[planetary.s3.amazonaws.com image 167x167]


I like neck'n.
 
2013-12-14 08:17:23 AM

skantea: Good job.  feels good too see another giant step for humanity.


Asimov:  There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere.  Well done, China!  Congratulations on a major milestone.
 
2013-12-14 08:17:35 AM

styckx: Meanwhile, Iran is launching monkeys into sub-oribital flights.


You're thinking of Virgin Galactic
 
2013-12-14 08:18:46 AM
Seems odd for something so complex to be achieved 30 minutes early.

Ok...we are entering the tertiary orbit as we begin to align for final...you know what? Fark it...let's just land now.
 
2013-12-14 08:19:24 AM
They made it? Congrats to all the teams that worked on it... but...

Red Moon Rising?
 
2013-12-14 08:19:55 AM

Joe Peanut: The d

lagon has landed. I lepeat, the dlagon has landed.
 
2013-12-14 08:20:24 AM
Why am I watching a cartoon?
 
2013-12-14 08:20:31 AM
Apparently, 1) They copied the 1960s/1970s NASA command center, including clothes and hardware/software. 2) The main timer has a problem with smooth second over second transition. It is skipping seconds, goes fast to catch up, slows down, etc. lol

Oh, and they just said they avoid kicking up dust and that it is very different than the apollo landing gear. No shiat or at least I hope so.

This looks like the chinese are filming Apollo 13
 
2013-12-14 08:21:24 AM

Shadowknight: something that brought so much return on investment not to mention National pride is so disregarded these days.


1) Horsecrap
2) You were just pissed that the Russians beat you every other time. Where is THEIR "return on investment"? You see any?
 
2013-12-14 08:22:00 AM

post0089: Apparently, 1) They copied the 1960s/1970s NASA command center, including clothes and hardware/software. 2) The main timer has a problem with smooth second over second transition. It is skipping seconds, goes fast to catch up, slows down, etc. lol

Oh, and they just said they avoid kicking up dust and that it is very different than the apollo landing gear. No shiat or at least I hope so.

This looks like the chinese are filming Apollo 13


So where's the live feed of YOUR lunar lander?
 
2013-12-14 08:23:23 AM
It took 100,000 people YEARS to make this happen? That seems like an awful lot of brain burning for what amounts to a trip next door.

/especially since it looks like they're just copying.
 
2013-12-14 08:24:22 AM
When do they deploy the rover and find the obelisk?
 
2013-12-14 08:25:24 AM
i.imgur.com


Is this supposed to be some kind of a sick joke?
 
2013-12-14 08:27:49 AM
Nicely done. Congratulations.
 
2013-12-14 08:27:50 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: Shadowknight: something that brought so much return on investment not to mention National pride is so disregarded these days.

1) Horsecrap
2) You were just pissed that the Russians beat you every other time. Where is THEIR "return on investment"? You see any?


I meant space research in general. Everything from thermal gear to computers to knowledge of our universe has advanced thanks to NASA and the space race.

Hell, half the tech in my kitchen is a result of NASA development.
 
2013-12-14 08:28:26 AM
img.fark.net
/Approves.
//Took enough time.
 
2013-12-14 08:32:25 AM

fisker: [i.imgur.com image 850x633]


Is this supposed to be some kind of a sick joke?


The graphic quality reminds me of a "Dire Straits" video.
 
2013-12-14 08:33:33 AM
Female Correspondent in the studio keeps mentioning the probe as a 'rabbit'.

Must be a Chinese thang.
 
2013-12-14 08:33:40 AM
Looks photoshopped.
 
2013-12-14 08:36:35 AM

GungFu: Female Correspondent in the studio keeps mentioning the probe as a 'rabbit'.

Must be a Chinese thang.


It might be rabbit season for them.
 
2013-12-14 08:40:20 AM

fisker: [i.imgur.com image 850x633]


Is this supposed to be some kind of a sick joke?


That looks 'shopped to me.

/I don't trust those sneaky Chinese.
 
2013-12-14 08:42:08 AM
Funny that uhhh uhhhh
Is so universal
 
2013-12-14 08:42:35 AM

Shadowknight: I meant space research in general. Everything from thermal gear to computers to knowledge of our universe has advanced thanks to NASA and the space race.


OK. Let's say you're right. What was the important part that needed to be done in space? Could you just take the money and give it directly to people and not actually go into space?

Because all NASA did was redistribute wealth socialism-style to various private companies to develop things that already existed.

And computers? You're kidding, right? Half the planet was already well on the way to being computerized by then ANYWAYS.

And our knowledge of the universe advanced just fine before anyone ever strapped themselves into a tin can to go 0.1 Earth radii up for 90 minutes.

Do you remember the 19th century Mars missions? Or the manned Sun missions to find helium in its atmosphere?

So why the hard-on for the ridiculous notion of manned space "exploration"? How does putting a monkey in a rubber suit 250 miles up somehow explore space better than sitting at a computer chair???

Just admit it's about dick waving and the dream that you want to go on a giant roller coaster ride. If only people were honest about that you'd never hear from me again.

New rule: You can lie to yourself, just stop lying to me.
 
2013-12-14 08:44:08 AM

GungFu: Female Correspondent in the studio keeps mentioning the probe as a 'rabbit'.

Must be a Chinese thang.


In Chinese folklore, the moon spirit/goddess had a pet rabbit. Named Yutu, same as the rover.
 
2013-12-14 08:48:07 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: Shadowknight: I meant space research in general. Everything from thermal gear to computers to knowledge of our universe has advanced thanks to NASA and the space race.

OK. Let's say you're right. What was the important part that needed to be done in space? Could you just take the money and give it directly to people and not actually go into space?

Because all NASA did was redistribute wealth socialism-style to various private companies to develop things that already existed.

And computers? You're kidding, right? Half the planet was already well on the way to being computerized by then ANYWAYS.

And our knowledge of the universe advanced just fine before anyone ever strapped themselves into a tin can to go 0.1 Earth radii up for 90 minutes.

Do you remember the 19th century Mars missions? Or the manned Sun missions to find helium in its atmosphere?

So why the hard-on for the ridiculous notion of manned space "exploration"? How does putting a monkey in a rubber suit 250 miles up somehow explore space better than sitting at a computer chair???

Just admit it's about dick waving and the dream that you want to go on a giant roller coaster ride. If only people were honest about that you'd never hear from me again.

New rule: You can lie to yourself, just stop lying to me.


Well, in addition to being a ray of sunshine, you're also kind of ignorant to history. And kind of missed my entire point I was making.

Have a nice day though.
 
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