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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
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2013-12-14 08:17:23 AM  
5 votes:

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 08:12:33 AM  
5 votes:
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 08:44:08 AM  
3 votes:

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 08:16:01 AM  
3 votes:
Good job.  feels good too see another giant step for humanity.
2013-12-14 10:58:43 AM  
2 votes:

Quantum Apostrophe: you'd never hear from me again


One can dream...
2013-12-14 10:32:13 AM  
2 votes:

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 09:03:39 AM  
2 votes:

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 09:03:37 AM  
2 votes:

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 09:00:24 AM  
2 votes:

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 08:48:07 AM  
2 votes:

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.
2013-12-14 08:28:26 AM  
2 votes:
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/Approves.
//Took enough time.
2013-12-14 07:56:50 AM  
2 votes:
1970?! Jesus Christ.

I only hope this will start another Space Race. Otherwise NASA will only continue to receive more and more budget cuts.
2013-12-15 05:30:10 AM  
1 vote:
FloydA: What is that rabbit doing to that giant squid?

I swear to god, he's making rice cakes. (Mochi)

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One Japanese tale sees it as a rabbit pounding rice for mochi.

http://bunfectionary.com/rabbits-making-mochi-on-the-moon/

/Japanese Major. it's actually good for something.
//Love my field, I do.
2013-12-14 10:31:50 PM  
1 vote:
He probably grew up wanting to be a space ranger, with all his heart, but, when he found out that NASA didn't have a "Morans on the Moon" program, his love turned to hate.  It happens that way, sometimes.
2013-12-14 09:21:21 PM  
1 vote:

Ghastly: TheBigJerk: Ghastly: 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".

Pretty much.  QA's just freaking OBSESSED with threadshiatting any time he can turn the discussion to space exploration.  This isn't even the first time he's contradicted himself and one time he took a "this resource is running out" thread and just started spamming his anti-NASA propaganda when literally no one had even mentioned space before that.

Was he touched by an astronaut when he was a child or something?


Probably some brand of trauma, possibly enjoyed too much scifi and NASA dreams as a kid but flunked out of everything science-related.

Although I think if you drew him being molested by a space shuttle it would be hilarious.
2013-12-14 09:18:17 PM  
1 vote:
2013-12-14 03:39:36 PM  
1 vote:

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.


Holly fark, you're out of your mind.

I'm gonna leave most of the crazy where it is, but this I take issue with.
And computers? You're kidding, right? Half the planet was already well on the way to being computerized by then ANYWAYS.

The fark you say?!?!  Texas instruments, at NASA's behest, created the first IC.  This seemingly small step is the reason you can type this message and have it be seen by any number of other people, it's the reason the computer revolution happened, and there is no reasonable way to know if it might have happened without NASA/Ti.

All of this happened a LONG farkING TIME before the planet was well on it's way to computerizing.

Either you have no farking clue what you are talking about, or you didn't take your meds.
2013-12-14 03:08:22 PM  
1 vote:

Ghastly: 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".


Pretty much.  QA's just freaking OBSESSED with threadshiatting any time he can turn the discussion to space exploration.  This isn't even the first time he's contradicted himself and one time he took a "this resource is running out" thread and just started spamming his anti-NASA propaganda when literally no one had even mentioned space before that.

Last time he pinned himself down he was claiming he only hated MANNED missions, but now he's even obsessed with shiatting on robot probes.

Meanwhile, American media either sells "Pop culture drama...IN (wildly scientifically inaccurate) SPAAAAACE" or does Penn & Teller's "oh government can't do anything so we need to send more money to old people and oil companies instead of invest in the farking future."

We'll be the Chessentan empire before long...
2013-12-14 11:46:27 AM  
1 vote:
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 11:26:25 AM  
1 vote:

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


'Course they did. Chang'e is inevitable.
2013-12-14 11:05:42 AM  
1 vote:

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 10:54:52 AM  
1 vote:
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 10:26:00 AM  
1 vote:

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 10:19:36 AM  
1 vote:

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 09:53:30 AM  
1 vote:
Rabbit on the moon you say..
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2013-12-14 09:28:35 AM  
1 vote:

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 09:28:10 AM  
1 vote:
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 09:14:24 AM  
1 vote:

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 09:14:06 AM  
1 vote:
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 08:49:06 AM  
1 vote:

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 08:42:35 AM  
1 vote:

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 08:27:50 AM  
1 vote:

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 08:17:35 AM  
1 vote:

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


You're thinking of Virgin Galactic
2013-12-14 08:14:03 AM  
1 vote:
The dragon has landed.  I repeat, the dragon has landed.
2013-12-14 08:12:31 AM  
1 vote:
Landed already?  WOW
2013-12-14 08:04:26 AM  
1 vote:

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.
 
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