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One Small Step Towards the Next Small Step

December 2nd, 2013 - 8:23 am

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China took a significant step toward eventually landing a person on the moon with Monday’s successful launch of a rocket carrying its first moon rover, the “Jade Rabbit.”

The rocket blasted off from southwestern China at 1:30 a.m. Monday, a day after India’s maiden Mars orbiter left Earth’s orbit on its journey to the red planet, in what some observers characterize as Asia’s new space race.

China’s rocket is expected to deposit the rover in the right eye of the “Man in the Moon” in mid-December, specifically targeting a large volcanic crater known as the Sinus Iridum or Bay of Rainbows, thought to be relatively free of large rocks.

If successful, China will be the third country to achieve a soft landing on the moon, after the United States and Russia.

The last time an American set foot on the moon, I was three years old. Now that’s the age of my youngest child.

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When China lands men on the moon, you can damn well bet they will make a territorial claim.
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That would put them in violation of a treaty they ratified. Would they care? Probably. yes.
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I'll be perfectly happy if China restricts its competition with the U.S. to re-creating the glory days of the New Deal.

I wish them well and godspeed, really I do. Meanwhile, our D.D. Harriman wannabees are beavering away developing the infrastructure required for a real self-sustaining human presence in space.
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When Neal Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were on the Moon, I was still in college. I'm now retired.
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It'll be somewhat interesting to see how long it takes them to develop a rocket system capable of a manned lunar mission, as right now they're nowhere close.
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Meh. Been there, done that. Besides, NASA is undertaking the important and critical task of making Muslims feel good about themselves.

It was allah, after all, that bestowed the maths on us so the Chinese could accomplish such a feat.
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