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China successfully lands spacecraft on Moon

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Posted in Science on 15th Dec, 2013 02:00 AM by AlexMuller

China, whose lunar ambitions have only expanded in the last few years, has finally joined the United States and Russia in successfully landing a spacecraft on the Moon. The country's Chang'e-3 unmanned spacecraft, launched two weeks ago, landed on the moon today, the first craft to "soft-land" on lunar soil in more than 30 years.

 
The Chang'e-3 probe, named after the lunar goddess said in Chinese folklore to live on the moon, is carrying the Yutu — or Jade Rabbit, the goddess' companion — lunar rover, a six-wheeled, solar-powered buggy armed with four cameras and two mechanical arms designed to dig for sample soil on the Moon's surface. According to China's official Xinhua news service, the pair now rest in the Moon's unexplored Bay of Rainbows region, which China has been eyeing as a potential landing site since 2010.The Yutu rover will now spend the next three months searching for resources, as its progress is monitored by Chinese controls centers aided by the European Space Agency.
 
A soft landing, or landing without any damage to the craft or its equipment, is no easy task. In fact, as China's lunar program's chief designer Wu Weiren told Xinhua, it's the most difficult part of the mission. The last craft to land successfully do so was the Soviet Union's Luna 24 probe, which landed in the Moon's Sea of Crisis in 1976.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-15
+4
Great boost and pride for China. It seems that the the next space race will be between China and India just as it was in the sixties between US and Russia
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-15
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Interest in Moon is getting more intense and it is clear that we expect that will help our life on Earth - China is doing great
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-15
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Yes, very good strategy, unlike the soft-landing of the U.S. and the Soviet Union's unmanned spacecraft, Chang'e-3 was able to survey the landscape first and determine the safest spot to lend "softly" Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-15
+3
More moon explorations-with many countries involved- is good step towards Moon colonization. Could this be happening in near future: interconnected biodomes, hovercrafts cruising the pockmarked surface, and ships darting to Earth and back again....
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-15
+1
Some believe that there are trillions of dollars of
mineral resources on the moon waiting to be exploited ... Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-15
+1
In the future humans may live and work on the moon for weeks or even months. They need to produce energy and power to make it possible to travel to and live on the lunar surface. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-15
+0
Humans must choose the appropriate energy source and technological means to produce that power. Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-15
+1
China's Jade Rabbit rover will begin exploring the Moon's surface. The aim is to explore the moon in search of natural resources- very important for further plans to make first settlements
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-15
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Yes, recent indication that water might be present in noteworthy quantities at the lunar poles has renewed interest in the Moon. Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-15
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As technology has advanced, and concerns about the future of humanity on Earth have increased, the argument that space colonization is an achievable and worthwhile goal has gained momentum. Many space exploration consider this as an important motivation Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-15
+1
The colonization of the Moon could result in establishment of permanent human communities or industries on the Moon. Would we have different colonies belonging to different nations? I hope not.
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-15
+0
They could start moving Chinese people to moon en mass
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-15
+0
Perhaps we could be better off with no Moon race or space exploration, just with a commitment to ensure the highest standard of living for people here on Earth . Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-15
+1
NASA is also working towards further exploiting the Moon. There is a big plan from NASA about growing plants in space. In 2015, NASA will attempt to make history by growing plants on the Moon.
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-15
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This is not just about the moon and space. In case of growing plants, simply knowing how plants deal with stress on the moon can tell us a lot about how they deal with stress here on Earth Reply
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