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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 118
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2013-12-14 08:48:08 AM  
We already went there and won't be back until there are Starbucks, McDonald's, and Walmarts. Wait until they find out!
 
2013-12-14 08:49:06 AM  

Shadowknight: 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.



Oh, so nothing to do with probing and The Rabbit.

/Cheers for the info; interesting...off to wiki
 
2013-12-14 08:49:18 AM  

Nuclear Monk: 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.


I wondered about that too.  Every other space flight or landing I've been able to see has been timed down to the second, with some variance for atmosphere and such.  30 minutes is a BIG difference at the speeds they're going.  So either someone made a big mistake on the math, or their PR department fudged the numbers in a big way.  Seems odd though, I'd have thought they'd want as many people as possible to be able to watch at the correct time, not turn in for 'LOL, missed it!'
 
2013-12-14 08:51:46 AM  
If the graphics are accurate they certainly did not go for originality in the design of their lander or rover.
 
2013-12-14 08:52:09 AM  
Quantum Apostrophe:
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.


Since it's a Chinese mission that just landed don't you mean wong waving?
 
2013-12-14 08:56:33 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.


Bless your heart.
 
2013-12-14 08:57:52 AM  
That's our moon!  Go find your own!
 
2013-12-14 08:58:29 AM  
Did OJ get work release for this?
 
2013-12-14 08:59:06 AM  

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


Chinese soundstage technology sucks.
 
2013-12-14 09:00:24 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.


What NASA needs again are the Nads (and Ovaries) Of Steel types that flew these machines in the 60's, with Flight Directors who have buzzcuts who with a single look can wither you down to a soggy frenchfry if you deviate just the slightest from the program. Let the substitute math teachers stay on the ground and  let the real badasses do the flying.

/ We need more Benjamin Siskos than Jean Luc Picards
 
2013-12-14 09:03:37 AM  

Lt. Cheese Weasel: That's our moon!  Go find your own!


Well, it's not like it's marked anymore. Something that I read recently, and something that seems obvious in retrospect, is that our flag planted up there is now completely white. With no atmosphere to protect it, it was probably completely sun bleached by the end of the week.

To any visitors, it looks like we surrendered it and ran away.
 
2013-12-14 09:03:39 AM  

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


.....that eats pets and execute people according to what particular organ needs to be harvested (back of the head if hearts & kidneys, through the heart if corneas are rising in the market).
 
2013-12-14 09:14:06 AM  
Quantum Apostrophe:
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.

Oh look. One of those types.

I bet you like to say "Atheists are just as bad as religious fundamentalists. If only people were honest agnostics you'd never hear from me again".
 
2013-12-14 09:14:24 AM  

nekom: 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?


How do you know that I don't work at NASA and was part of the engineering team that put the rover on Mars? Also, maybe I am Buzz Aldrin and I have been to the moon. Where's your snark now, commie? Bob Dole 2014!
 
2013-12-14 09:14:46 AM  

TV's Vinnie: 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.

What NASA needs again are the Nads (and Ovaries) Of Steel types that flew these machines in the 60's, with Flight Directors who have buzzcuts who with a single look can wither you down to a soggy frenchfry if you deviate just the slightest from the program. Let the substitute math teachers stay on the ground and  let the real badasses do the flying.

/ We need more Benjamin Siskos than Jean Luc Picards


They need those people so they can sit around with no rockets to get into space and no funding to build new ones?
 
2013-12-14 09:20:00 AM  
post0089:
How do you know that I don't work at NASA and was part of the engineering team that put the rover on Mars? Also, maybe I am Buzz Aldrin and I have been to the moon. Where's your snark now, commie? Bob Dole 2014!

Woah, woah buddy listen I don't want any trouble, ok?
 
2013-12-14 09:28:10 AM  
That was....anti-climatic.

Mars rover wrecked the bell curve of baddassery, and the dual camera coverage kold kilt it.

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2013-12-14 09:28:35 AM  

Starshines: TV's Vinnie: 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.

What NASA needs again are the Nads (and Ovaries) Of Steel types that flew these machines in the 60's, with Flight Directors who have buzzcuts who with a single look can wither you down to a soggy frenchfry if you deviate just the slightest from the program. Let the substitute math teachers stay on the ground and  let the real badasses do the flying.

/ We need more Benjamin Siskos than Jean Luc Picards

They need those people so they can sit around with no rockets to get into space and no funding to build new ones?


These things also require funding, and sending substitute teachers into space like during the Shuttle era just didn't provide the thrills to the public as much as landing men with MannCo names like Neil ARM STRONG and "Buzz" Aldrin on the Moon.

As it was said during Project Mercury, "No Buck Rogers, no bucks".

And to be honest, I'm glad the Shuttle program has been closed. The hardware was becoming so woefully obsolete that NASA had people actually scouring eBay for old computers to cannibalize, and it was being used as a "space limo" for ex-Senators and Saudi Oil Princes.
 
2013-12-14 09:30:41 AM  

Evil Mackerel: 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.


Nah, she just wants to masturbate with it.
 
2013-12-14 09:39:00 AM  

ukexpat: Evil Mackerel: 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.

Nah, she just wants to masturbate with it.


She would have to bear all for that.
 
2013-12-14 09:39:17 AM  

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



No, no!   Not the flying monkeys!
 
2013-12-14 09:39:44 AM  
Starshines:

/ We need more Benjamin Siskos than Jean Luc Picards

The world does not need any more horrible actors.
 
2013-12-14 09:40:08 AM  
Now all they have to do is rescue the princess, shut down the tractor beam, and escape.
 
2013-12-14 09:40:40 AM  

Evil Mackerel: 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.


Duck Season!
 
2013-12-14 09:47:17 AM  

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


Awww, look who woke up on the wrong side of the retirement home. Did the nurse put the catheter in the wrong hole again?
 
2013-12-14 09:48:29 AM  
I guess the moon is not made of cheese after all.
 
2013-12-14 09:48:44 AM  
We can't afford to have a Moon gap!
 
2013-12-14 09:49:03 AM  

nekom: post0089:
How do you know that I don't work at NASA and was part of the engineering team that put the rover on Mars? Also, maybe I am Buzz Aldrin and I have been to the moon. Where's your snark now, commie? Bob Dole 2014!

Woah, woah buddy listen I don't want any trouble, ok?


thumbs.ifood.tv

Well, punk. You just found it.

/TAAAAANNNNNGGGGG!
 
2013-12-14 09:49:54 AM  

rnatalie: Evil Mackerel: 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.

Duck Season!


Wabbit Season!

Peking Duck Season!
 
2013-12-14 09:55:39 AM  

italie: Starshines:

/ We need more Benjamin Siskos than Jean Luc Picards

The world does not need any more horrible actors.


www.ex-astris-scientia.org

"Comander, Get this Farker off my viewscreen!"
 
2013-12-14 09:57:31 AM  

jayphat: italie: Starshines:

/ We need more Benjamin Siskos than Jean Luc Picards

The world does not need any more horrible actors.

[www.ex-astris-scientia.org image 150x90]

"Comander, Get this Farker off my viewscreen!"


Wow, what a douchebag. Hotlinking isn't wasting your money.
 
2013-12-14 10:19:36 AM  

Lt. Cheese Weasel: That's our moon!  Go find your own!


Not any more...we gave it to them. We shoulda had moon bases there to protect our interest, but NO. NASA has to go play the long ball. We should be learning, right now, the intricacies of living in space, that's what we SHOULD be doing, right there on the moon. Not sending robots to far-flung rocks for billions of dollars. What are we learning there? The history of a dying planet?..yeah, that's news we can use.

You watch...China's gonna carve out a chunk around the landing site and claim sovereignty, maybe over the whole satellite, seeing as we left it abandoned. Homesteader's rights, ya know. Our only recourse then is to wage war up there, but we'll lose because we never learnt to live in space.
 
2013-12-14 10:26:00 AM  

Mikeyworld: Lt. Cheese Weasel: That's our moon!  Go find your own!

Not any more...we gave it to them. We shoulda had moon bases there to protect our interest, but NO. NASA has to go play the long ball. We should be learning, right now, the intricacies of living in space, that's what we SHOULD be doing, right there on the moon. Not sending robots to far-flung rocks for billions of dollars. What are we learning there? The history of a dying planet?..yeah, that's news we can use.

You watch...China's gonna carve out a chunk around the landing site and claim sovereignty, maybe over the whole satellite, seeing as we left it abandoned. Homesteader's rights, ya know. Our only recourse then is to wage war up there, but we'll lose because we never learnt to live in space.


Well, then there's only course of action we'll have to take.

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2013-12-14 10:32:13 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.


I'm with you, man; sending people into space to "explore" so close will never in any way help us send explorers to things/planets farther away. Everyone knows you don't walk before you run, you just make calculations about running until you can magically run anywhere.
 
2013-12-14 10:42:43 AM  

Joe Peanut: The dragon moonbunny has landed.  I repeat, the dragon moonbunny has landed.


FTFY, in part because that's pretty much exactly what the probe was named for (the bunny in the moon--well, at least a goodly number of cultures and myself see a bunny in the moon, at any rate).

And add me to the chorus that hopes for a new Space Race :D
 
2013-12-14 10:46:37 AM  

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

Must be a Chinese thang.


As noted, the probe was named after the bunny in the moon (Chang'e means literally "moon rabbit", which--depending on what Eastern mythos you're talking about--either keeps the moon goddess company or is perpetually making mochi on the moon).

And yes, a lot of cultures tend to see what a lot of Westerners see as the "man in the moon" as a bunny in the moon.  (Fairly common among Mesoamerican First Nations, too, to see the darker parts on the moon as a moon bunny.  Often the Patron Moon Bunny Of Pulque, Tequila And Cerveza, at that :D)

And since the probe was named after the Moon Bunny, this is why they refer to the probe as a bunny :3

/never did see the "man in the moon"
//always DID see a bunny, though
 
2013-12-14 10:52:53 AM  

GBB: Wow... they managed to land it 30 minutes early.


Doesn't matter, they're just going to want to land another one in an hour.
 
2013-12-14 10:54:52 AM  
Aaaand just so people know I am NOT on crack re the moonbunny, here's how different people (and cultures) see the moonbunny:

4.bp.blogspot.com

(The way I always have seen the moonbunny is closest to the middle top pic; the way most East Asian mythology sees the moonbunny is the bottom right pic.)
 
2013-12-14 10:58:43 AM  

Quantum Apostrophe: you'd never hear from me again


One can dream...
 
2013-12-14 11:02:57 AM  

Even With A Chainsaw: 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.

Bless your heart.




But don't you understand! Eliminating NASA could add 9 billion to the 30 billion we already spend extending the lives of basement dwellers and their moms... who bring them pizza bagels! And if there is one thing this world needs, it's another basement dweller on a single world of seven billion.
 
2013-12-14 11:05:42 AM  

Great Porn Dragon: Aaaand just so people know I am NOT on crack re the moonbunny, here's how different people (and cultures) see the moonbunny:

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(The way I always have seen the moonbunny is closest to the middle top pic; the way most East Asian mythology sees the moonbunny is the bottom right pic.)


I can't believe you left out one of the most important examples  http://pbfcomics.com/120/
 
2013-12-14 11:21:00 AM  
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i42.tinypic.com
Rampant Rabiit
 
2013-12-14 11:24:40 AM  

maxheck: Even With A Chainsaw: 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.

Bless your heart.

But don't you understand! Eliminating NASA could add 9 billion to the 30 billion we already spend extending the lives of basement dwellers and their moms... who bring them pizza bagels! And if there is one thing this world needs, it's another basement dweller on a single world of seven billion.



It's ok, Hollywood will sort things out.

Christopher Nolan's Interstella trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=827FNDpQWrQ
 
2013-12-14 11:26:25 AM  

GBB: Wow... they managed to land it 30 minutes early.


'Course they did. Chang'e is inevitable.
 
2013-12-14 11:46:27 AM  
Quantum Apostrophe [TotalFark]
(favorite: 8010186 Said nothing was up there to slow a satellite when the link said it was in the atmosphere.)


New rule: You can lie to yourself, just stop lying to me.
New rule, when an article explains a satellite is slowing due to atmospheric drag and you can keep up, we'll take you serious.
 
2013-12-14 12:08:42 PM  

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

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


I've heard that she's into really big "boosters", with lots of thrust.
 
2013-12-14 12:15:44 PM  
Did they leas the old NASA sound stage or build there own?
 
2013-12-14 01:00:25 PM  
Makes more sense when the images are actually aligned!

i43.tinypic.com
 
2013-12-14 01:01:09 PM  
Ugh. Too many more Chinese missions, and future American rovers will need to wear facemasks.

img.fark.net
 
2013-12-14 01:05:29 PM  
It's only been a couple of hours but I'm hungry for another moon landing.
 
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