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The Jade Rabbit has landed.

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by T-Bird, Dec 14, 2013.

  1. I think it's a good thing overall. Some folks will go around screaming "The Chinese are coming! The Chinese are coming!!" but more scientific exploration is more scientific exploration - fine by me :)

  2. Hi.

    Definitely a good thing from the larger perspective.

    A kick in the nerds for NASA and ESA once again though.
    Perhaps they get the long awaited budget increases easier now ;).

  3. Bloodhammer

    Bloodhammer Twinkle Twinkle Black Star

    Jul 7, 2009
    Shreveport, Louisiana
    They're going to start hurling rocks down the gravity well at America à la Heinlein's famous novel.


  4. bkbirge


    Jun 25, 2000
    Houston, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Steak n Shake
    China's got a long term strategy. While we sit saying they did what we did 50 years ago they'll just keep doing while we say, 40, 30, 20, wait we haven't done that yet.

    The more the merrier as far as I'm concerned. I'm not looking forward to another nationalistic based competition but whatever gets the public galvanized. This is needed for all of humanity.
  5. Tituscrow

    Tituscrow Banned

    Feb 14, 2011
    NW England
    They faked it.
  6. bkbirge


    Jun 25, 2000
    Houston, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Steak n Shake
    Cool pics released today, great mission.

  7. HaphAsSard


    Dec 1, 2013

    Or, core boring...

    Seriously, I think it's cool stuff, back to the Moon.
  8. Great story - thanks.
  9. SwitchGear

    SwitchGear Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2005
    Chinese doing now what US did years ago. Spending oodles of money to bring rocks back from the moon. Next.
  10. bkbirge


    Jun 25, 2000
    Houston, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Steak n Shake
    That seems to be a common perception. Yet we (the USA) don't have that capability in place right now. We don't know how exactly the pyramids were built either though our overall tech is of course much better. Perhaps the space age in the USA was just a passing moment of a couple decades. What is certain is that sitting on our rears laughing at them while they go about getting things done is not a recipe for success.
  11. P Town

    P Town

    Dec 7, 2011
    Did they send this up on the elevator?
  12. bassinplace


    Dec 1, 2008
    I think the technology we devise that we can use here at home while trying to come up with ways to get out there is kinda neat. I don't think outer space will ever be inhabitable for life forms on Earth, though. So in that sense, meh.
  13. Stewie26

    Stewie26 Supporting Member

    Plus One
  14. Hi.

    Not quite just that.

    The next one will most likely be just as suprising as the Chinese race to space has been to this date.

    Herodotos (484-424 BC) explains that pretty well.
    100000 people working for 20 years per cabin, and You have to get something pretty large done.

    We may have the technology now, but that technology is based on the one pretty much perfected by the Egyptians (or aliens :eek:), and they had an almost limitless amount of cheap labour.
    The ethics were also a tad different back then, for their favour ;).

    The history has shown us that rapid success results just as rapid boredom, and when the people who pay for that success (and reap the benefits) keep on demanding the same rate of success and feel let down, the tap closes.
    As the results bebecome PD, others can carry on from where the previous ones stopped.

    OTOH, the Chinese were already using rockets when us Europeans were still clubbing eachother to death, so some kind of poetic justice may be lurking there somewhere.

    The mostly nomadic native Americans lived pretty happily in peace as well.

    :), I was waiting for a comment about that.

    Actually IIRC the Chinese are just as far as the Japanese on the space cannon.

  15. Unrepresented

    Unrepresented Something Borderline Offensive

    Jul 1, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    I can't be alone in feeling like the "Jade Rabbit" sounds more like an adult themed product than a lunar exploration device, amiright?:meh:
  16. bkbirge


    Jun 25, 2000
    Houston, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Steak n Shake
    mkII will be nuclear powered, that should put some zip in your pocket :p
  17. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    I don't care who the eyes belong to so long as those eyes are on the heavens and the brain behind them is scheming(and dreaming) of how to get up there to see what it's all about.
  18. bkbirge


    Jun 25, 2000
    Houston, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Steak n Shake
    +1, I'd like it to be us but it needs to be someone.
  19. P Town

    P Town

    Dec 7, 2011

    Originally Posted by P Town:

    "Did they send this up on the elevator?"

    "I was waiting for a comment about that."

    You're welcome.