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(Twitter)   Chinese probe lifts off the surface of the Moon with its cache of lunar samples. Bonus: Video of the ascent stage's liftoff captured by camera on the descent stage   (twitter.com) divider line
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2020-12-04 1:54:51 AM  
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2020-12-04 3:05:43 AM  
Godspeed Ah Jeb.
 
2020-12-04 3:18:46 AM  
It's been a long, long time...

Apollo 17 Liftoff from Moon - December 14, 1972
Youtube 9HQfauGJaTs
 
2020-12-04 4:08:07 AM  

common sense is an oxymoron: It's been a long, long time...

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/9HQfauGJ​aTs]


50 years.

It seems as though we should be much farther along by now, but humans have been busy with other stuff. Arthur C. Clarke was thinking we would be racing teh Chinese to Jupiter's moons by 2010?

Looking on the bright side, China managed this without a whole lot of sacrifice, expense, costly failure etc. We are in an era where we can reach out farther and more often. As it becomes more commonplace, we get closer and closer to the next big step. We should all pick up the pace a little.
 
2020-12-04 4:08:08 AM  
Wonder if they leased out NASA's old soundstage in Utah?
 
2020-12-04 5:48:30 AM  
Awesome work by China's space agency. Very well done. I hope they get a manned mission to Luna soon.

Pity NASA isn't allowed to cooperate with them in space. Space exploration and exploitation should be a global collaborative effort (ISS is an example of this).

On a related note, I propose calling any humans who work/travel in space "Cosmonauts" in lieu of each nation's space program having their own special designation (astronaut, taikonaut, etc). The first human in space was Russian, so we should use their term. Having a global cosmonaut training facility would be a good idea, too, to help ensure no one qualified gets left on Earth just because he/she was born in a country without a space program. It would also allow better communication among space-faring nations in order to share lessons learned.
 
2020-12-04 7:10:28 AM  
Incroyable!
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2020-12-04 7:48:19 AM  
I could see the strings.
 
2020-12-04 8:38:22 AM  
It is going to need more lunar samples in 30 minutes.
 
2020-12-04 8:57:24 AM  

mr_a: Wonder if they leased out NASA's old soundstage in Utah?


The production values aren't as good since Stanley Kubrick is no longer with us to direct.

/Although he's such a perfectionist, he insisted the fake moon landing footage had to be shot on the moon.
 
2020-12-04 9:05:40 AM  
Cool.

I bet we could do the same thing within the next three years or so for no less than $3.6 billion.

The Chang'e 5 mission reportedly cost the PRC ~$180 Million.
 
2020-12-04 9:13:02 AM  
We are going to notice the Chinese are good at this at some point. Perhaps when they launch a man for Mars.
 
2020-12-04 9:37:54 AM  

wejash: We are going to notice the Chinese are good at this at some point. Perhaps when they launch a man for Mars.


They haven't caught up to what NASA did over 50 years ago.  Nobody has as far as human space travel...including the US.
 
2020-12-04 10:52:02 AM  

mr_a: Wonder if they leased out NASA's old soundstage in Utah?


RIP Stanley Kubrick...
 
2020-12-04 11:18:38 AM  

Wenchmaster: Awesome work by China's space agency. Very well done. I hope they get a manned mission to Luna soon.

Pity NASA isn't allowed to cooperate with them in space. Space exploration and exploitation should be a global collaborative effort (ISS is an example of this).

On a related note, I propose calling any humans who work/travel in space "Cosmonauts" in lieu of each nation's space program having their own special designation (astronaut, taikonaut, etc). The first human in space was Russian, so we should use their term. Having a global cosmonaut training facility would be a good idea, too, to help ensure no one qualified gets left on Earth just because he/she was born in a country without a space program. It would also allow better communication among space-faring nations in order to share lessons learned.


I've made it a point to just consider that it is astronaut in English and cosmonaut in Russian even if it is not technically correct.
 
2020-12-04 11:36:17 AM  
Great, now the moon has the rona.
 
2020-12-04 1:48:50 PM  
That probe will just be back for more samples in an hour.
 
2020-12-04 2:13:14 PM  

NotThatGuyAgain: Great, now the moon has the rona.


Well, no.  Because China has defeated the pandemic.  It would have the rona if WE went there.


BTW, the only way our health care workers and public would HAVE any masks and PPE to argue about not wearing is BECAUSE the Chinese defeated the pandemic by putting it in a little box and keeping a close eye on it.

It is their massive production of PPE  -- and their lack of need for so much of it now -- that is keeping the West alive right now.  Sure, we're paying them cash on the barrel for it.  But they don't have to sell it to us and logically would not if they desperately needed it.

Millions of Americans may end up surviving that would not but for the Chinese being very good and getting the plague under control while our Republican leadership* dithered and made mask-wearing into a political issue rather than a critical public health issue.
 
2020-12-04 4:12:11 PM  
Given it's payload shall we say it got off to a rocky start?
 
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