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Old August 28 2013, 09:41 PM   #1
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China to land rover on Moon by end of this year

I guess we continue to fall behind

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HONG KONG — China plans to land an unmanned exploratory rover on the moon by the end of 2013, a step forward in the country’s efforts to master the skills of space travel, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday. The launch rocket and other components for the Chang’e-3 lunar probe, named after a goddess in Chinese myth who flew to the moon, have already been assembled and tested, Xinhua reported, citing a meeting of the Chinese lunar exploration program.
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Old August 28 2013, 10:00 PM   #2
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I wouldn't say fall behind yet, but we will if we don't start moving forward again.
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Old August 28 2013, 10:08 PM   #3
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Re: China to land rover on Moon by end of this year

So the Chinese will be the first ones to get HD moon images, I guess. At that range streaming is even within the realm of possibility.
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Old August 28 2013, 10:23 PM   #4
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Re: China to land rover on Moon by end of this year

I didn't realise China had purchased Land Rover...
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Old August 29 2013, 12:11 AM   #5
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Re: China to land rover on Moon by end of this year

We recently landed a rover on Mars. I'm not sure why the Moon is more impressive? In both cases, we're talking about unmanned rovers.
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Old August 29 2013, 12:32 AM   #6
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Re: China to land rover on Moon by end of this year

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We recently landed a rover on Mars. I'm not sure why the Moon is more impressive? In both cases, we're talking about unmanned rovers.
Agree.
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Old August 29 2013, 12:59 AM   #7
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We falling behind more quickly than ever. The Russian Security Council might ban export of the RD-180, which powers the Atlas V that put our Mars rovers up and is supposed to launch the Orion multipurpose crew exploration vehicle.

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Old August 29 2013, 01:35 AM   #8
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Re: China to land rover on Moon by end of this year

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I didn't realise China had purchased Land Rover...
If they put a Land Rover on the moon I'll be impressed.
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Old August 29 2013, 02:58 AM   #9
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Maybe it will provide incentive to the US space program.
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Old August 29 2013, 06:11 AM   #10
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Re: China to land rover on Moon by end of this year

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I didn't realise China had purchased Land Rover...
If they put a Land Rover on the moon I'll be impressed.
It would make one hell of a TV commercial.
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Old August 29 2013, 03:29 PM   #11
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Re: China to land rover on Moon by end of this year

I really don't see us falling behind. We've sent several rovers and orbiters to Mars, and we've also sent many orbiters to the Moon recently. Just because we don't have a rover on the Moon doesn't mean we've fallen behind, not by a long shot. In fact, I'd say China still has a long way to go before they catch up.
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Old August 29 2013, 03:54 PM   #12
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Re: China to land rover on Moon by end of this year

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I really don't see us falling behind. We've sent several rovers and orbiters to Mars, and we've also sent many orbiters to the Moon recently. Just because we don't have a rover on the Moon doesn't mean we've fallen behind, not by a long shot. In fact, I'd say China still has a long way to go before they catch up.
If we were really that far ahead, we could whip up a moon rover of our own and beat them to the punch. We can't.
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Old August 29 2013, 04:24 PM   #13
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Re: China to land rover on Moon by end of this year

Well, the things cost money and time to build. If we had wanted to for some reason, we could have sent the rover we sent to Mars to the Moon instead. We didn't because it would have been a waste and we wanted to send it to Mars.

Let's put it this way. Can China just whip up a Mars rover and beat us to Mars?
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Old August 29 2013, 05:03 PM   #14
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Re: China to land rover on Moon by end of this year

Alidar Jarok wrote: View Post
Well, the things cost money and time to build. If we had wanted to for some reason, we could have sent the rover we sent to Mars to the Moon instead. We didn't because it would have been a waste and we wanted to send it to Mars.

Let's put it this way. Can China just whip up a Mars rover and beat us to Mars?
Well at the moment the US cannot even put a human being in low earth orbit to the ISS, whereas the Chinese are sending people into orbit and now a rover to the Moon.

By my calculations while they may not be technically ahead of the US in terms of advancements in space they sure are structurally ahead of us currently.
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Old August 29 2013, 11:36 PM   #15
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China is doing all kinds of things these days
http://blogs.the-american-interest.c...arctic-voyage/

They are even talking about their own HLLV, the CZ-9
http://www.americaspace.com/?p=22881

BTW it looks like there will be an RD-180 ban
http://www.spacepolitics.com/
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