China launches lunar probe carrying 'Jade Rabbit' moon buggy
The Chang'e-3 lunar probe, which includes the Yutu or Jade Rabbit buggy, blasted off on board an enhanced Long March-3B carrier rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in China's southwestern Sichuan province at 1:30 a.m. (12.30 p.m. EDT).
President Xi Jinping has said he wants China to establish itself as a space superpower, and the mission has inspired widespread pride in China's growing technological prowess. State television showed a live broadcast of the rocket lifting off.
If all goes smoothly, the rover will conduct geological surveys and search for natural resources after the probe touches down on the moon in mid-December as China's first spacecraft to make a soft landing beyond Earth.
In 2007, China launched its first moon orbiter, the Chang'e-1 - named after a lunar goddess - which took images of the surface and analyzed the distribution of elements.
The lunar buggy was named the Jade Rabbit in a public vote, a folkloric reference to the goddess's pet.
Chinese scientists have discussed the possibility of sending a human to the moon some time after 2020.
In China's latest manned space mission in June, three astronauts spent 15 days in orbit and docked with an experimental space laboratory, part of Beijing's quest to build a working space station by 2020.
If the lunar mission is successful, China will become the third country, after the United States and the former Soviet Union, to soft-land on the moon.
But it is still far from catching up with the established space superpowers, whose moon landings date back more than four decades.
Beijing insists its space program is for peaceful purposes, but the U.S. Department of Defense has made clear it wants to prevent China's increasing space capabilities giving it any strategic advantage.
China says it will share the technological achievements of its manned space program with other nations, especially developing ones, and will offer to train astronauts from other countries.
(Reporting by Megha Rajagopalan and Michael Martina; Editing by Kevin Liffey)
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China purchased Russian rocket technology and has "reversed engineered" everything so they can build it themselves. The Russians don't care, since they also supply the powerful RD-180 engine for the first stage of the US-American Atlas V rocket. Though some Russian lawmakers want to ban Russian rocket engine sales to the US, since Atlas rockets launch secret military payloads. The Russian company that produces the engines have lobbied the Russian parliament, that if they don't sell the engines to the US, someone else will.
中国购买了俄罗斯火箭技术和“反向工程”,这样他们就可以建立自己的一切。俄罗斯人不关心,他们还提供强大的rd - 180发动机和第一阶段的US-American阿特拉斯V型火箭。一些俄罗斯立法者想要禁止俄罗斯火箭发动机销售到美国,因为阿特拉斯火箭发射秘密军事有效载荷。生产发动机的俄罗斯公司游说俄罗斯议会,如果他们不卖美国引擎,别人会。
Dear Yahoo Readers ... The Chinese have big plans for the future in space exploration and other things, we can sit here and be sarcastic about it, but this is just the beginning, their plans is to colonize the moon and search for rare minerals and one day actually mine the moon and who is going to prevent it? nobody. The only way to stop china from owning the moon is to be there but the way is looking they will have a free hand.
? China said it will share stolen American technological achievements with other Nations. How nice of them.
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The Russians sent all the German rocket technicians home in 1953, since Stalin was paranoid that these former Nαzis were spying for the US. He was partially right. US intelligence interviewed the returning Germans in 1953, and were satisfied that the Russians were decades away from rockets that could get into space. In 1957, a Russian space rocket launched the world's first satellite, Sputnik. The rocket and the satellite were designed by a Russian, Sergei Korolev. The US was broadsided and shocked. They quickly ordered their Nαzi rocket scientists to divert their designs from weapons to space vehicles. That's how the US got into space. It wasn't good old American technology. It was Hitler's technology, brought to the US by men who were responsible for the deaths of 40,000 slave laborers requisitioned from Concentration camps and launched rockets on London and Antwep killing thousands
? Do not be too premature ejaculations of applause, China’s lunar buggy named “Jade Rabbit” has not landed yet. China is a proud nation and you do not want them to lose face?
? "National boundaries are not evident when we view the Earth from space. Fanatical ethnic or religious or national chauvinisms are a little difficult to maintain when we see our planet as a fragile blue crescent fading to become an inconspicuous point of light against the bastion and citadel of the stars. Travel is broadening." Carl Sagan
? It is Happy to see Chinese Moon Explorer, Yu Tu, on its way to Moon. Congratulation to all the Chinese engineers and Scientist, Wish you all the success in the your space exploration Mission.
Space the final frontier, Space exploration is the common dream of all mankind.. Keep up the good work!
BEIJING (Reuters) - China launched its first ever extraterrestrial landing craft into orbit en route for the moon in the small hours of Monday, in a major milestone for its space program.
? This may create problems if they start mining the moon or colonizing it. Who polices the moon? What if the moon is damaged or destroyed? How would that impact earth - tides, etc. Something to think about!
? this is good for China and the world and I think China will share with the less developed countries, they are a bit imperialist right now...keep moving forward and get over the WW 2 vendettas...
? Newt Gingrich was laughed at when he spoke of putting a base on the moon, the Chinese weren't laughing though, they have many years to go to achieve that goal, but they fully understand the financial and political value of it.
? There is no reason for Americans to wish China anything but great success. I doubt NASA would have got the money to land on the moon were we not in a race with the Soviet Union. Also be reminded that India has a craft traveling to Mars at this time.
? China launches lunar probe carrying 'Jade Rabbit' moon buggy -
? Remember when 90% of our advancements in tech came from technological advancements discovered by using true scientific methods in our space program. We can't even boast about societal advancements on the thing we spend most of our money on, social and corporate welfare.
? Keep cutting taxes. Soon we can be Latvia.
? Why exactly was our space program's funding cut to the bone by this administration?
? While America struggles to keep its trains on its aging and ill-maintained tracks...
? whether you can see it or not, one day every nation will be involved in space exploration on some level; the survival of Mankind depends on it.
? I think it would be best to invite them to join all of the current countries working with the ISS. There are two main reasons for this. First, it would be best for the world if every country with a desire could join since partners are more likely to work out their other differences than non partners. Second, they (China) will get there eventually anyway, so why not have them join the rest of the world.
U.S. Department of Defense has made clear it wants to prevent China's increasing space capabilities giving it any strategic advantage.
Have China or any other country ever tried to prevent US from technological achievements? So why US always try to prevent other nations from developing their technologies and make progress?
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? It takes money to get into space. The Third Reich poured millions of 1930's dollars into their rocket program. After the war the US hired those Reich scientists and spent lavishly (higher taxes in the 1950's and 1960's) to build a space program. The Russians, spent less money, but achieved their goals through scientific solutions to the lack of funding. Today, China and India are spending lavishly on their space programs. The US taxpayer does not want to fund space exploration, after being fleeced for two wars that accomplished nothing. So the US will not have a viable space program unless it is willing to spend.
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? China is spending $100 billion a year on their Space program. Can you get the US Congress to vote to give NASA $100 billion a year? Probably not. So you won't be going to space anytime soon, unless you hitch a ride with the Russians.
? "Beijing insists its space program is for peaceful purposes, but the U.S. Department of Defense has made clear it wants to prevent China's increasing space capabilities giving it any strategic advantage."
If the US 'government' weren't filled with thieves and robbers, the USA could also afford to do something in space.
Thank 5 decades of politicians, big business and finance industries, along with consumers themselves who also demand anything and everything for nil to nothing.... for delivering companies and needed jobs to another country, where both industry and jobs ARE needed to remain in THIS country for the needed tax revenue to not only continue and maintain our space program but also grow it.
? America's space programs are designed mainly for knowledge, no big deal. But in 2007 the Chinese orbiter may have found some interesting elements, so this rover will conduct geological surveys and search for natural resources. And if they find gold, platinum, diamond and uranium, Finders Keepers!
? The US has fallen behind in every way. From space exploration, science, world standing, etc so we can support welfare leeches at an alarming rate. This country is lazy and uninspired which reflects our government. Our politicians will let millions more into our country so we can support them rather than support personal responsibility, education and growth.