China Lands Spacecraft on Far Side of Moon

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China reached a milestone in space exploration on Thursday, landing a vehicle on the far side of the moon for the first time in history, state media announced.
The landing of the probe, called Chang’e-4 after the moon goddess in Chinese mythology, is one in a coming series of missions that underscore the country’s ambitions to join — and even lead — the space race.
China landed another rover on the moon in 2013, joining the United States and the Soviet Union as the only nations to have carried out a “soft landing” there, but the Chang’e-4 is the first to touch down on the side of the moon that perpetually faces away from the Earth.
“This space mission shows that China has reached the advanced world-class level in deep space exploration,” said Zhu Menghua, a professor at the Macau University of Science and Technology who has worked closely with China’s space administration. “We Chinese people have done something that the Americans have not dared try.”

Although a latecomer by decades to space exploration, China is quickly catching up, experts say, and could challenge the United States for supremacy in artificial intelligence, quantum computing and other fields.
China now plans to begin fully operating its third space station by 2022, to put astronauts in a lunar base by later in that decade, and to send probes to Mars, including ones that could return samples of the Martian surface back to Earth.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/02/world/asia/china-change-4-moon.html



This is a rover, with a telescope and potato spuds that are meant to grow inside it using a hydroponic setup.

What's interesting about this feat is that it was always a pain in the arse, due to the lack of communications from that side of the moon. China had to put a relay satellite into a very awkward and unstable orbit to pull this off. Well done.

I hope to see more countries doing spacey things.
 
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That's quite an accomplishment. Can't wait to see what else they do along with all the other nations of the world.
Swear I just saw India is aiming to have it's owned manned space launch (just into space and not the moon) sometime in the early 2020s.
 

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They blew all their budget on the space craft and had to send a potato camera

seriously though, amazing achievement with the relay satellite and everything. No doubt a Taikonaut will be forced to land and walk on the lunar surface in the next decade. Bring on the new space race!
 

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Ofcourse you don't. Too bad that in all these discussions so far you never provided any compelling evidence that is scientifically verifable.

But then i would forget that you disagree with sciencetific verification methods aswell so... what would the answer be?

A wordy quote from a book, perhaps?
Decades of advancement and somehow they’re still putting the same low res cameras on missions 🙄
Yet the camera shots of Pluto looked so good. Or perhaps they weren't the same camera's.

This lander also needs its communications from a relay sat in a weirdly unusual orbit to recieve its commands.

But i am sure you know it better, as always never so far.
 
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I don't agree with your implied conclusion, but the similarity of your argument to skeptics whining about shit phone cameras not capturing HD UFO footage of small lights against black background amuses me.
Some True Color HD pics from China's past Rover:




They blew all their budget on the space craft and had to send a potato camera
I know you joke but the Rover has multiple HD cameras. Even the 2013 Rover had HD cameras.

Here are some galleries:

http://planetary.s3.amazonaws.com/data/change3/pcam.html

http://planetary.s3.amazonaws.com/data/change3/tcam.html

There are thousands of pics, but you need to know written Chinese to access them all sadly. They are the best lunar surface pics ever taken, until now. New Rover has better cameras.

They should have a Starbucks there soon
China lays out its ambitions to colonize the moon and build a "lunar palace"

China's crewed missions are intended to last months with permanent structures built at the moon's South pole.

Update; The rover has left the lander. It can start taking pics now with its two cameras.

 
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It's the thiccest, closest source of massive deposits of Helium-3. He who controls the Helium-3 moon trade controls fusion energy generation and nuclear plasma engine travel throughout the future solar system. Furthermore he who controls the far side of the moon controls the entirety of Earth's orbital space.
 
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If you're wondering why there are no stars visible, it is because the camera is focusing on the brightly lit terrain of the moon, therefore exposure is all the way down making moon sky and shadows appear pitch black.
 
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Some True Color HD pics from China's past Rover:


Why is it when we see HD picture here or ones taken from the Curiosity rover on Mars they look fake/photoshopped.

Love seeing stuff like this. Way to go China! Wish we could put all the bullshit behind us and just pump money into space exploration on a global scale.
 
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Exactly right.
There's no distortion in the air like we see here even at quarter-mile distances.
No color. No obstructions.
The orb is significantly smaller.

It's not like any place on earth.
The fact that these photos look exactly like Apollo means we went there.
No amount of Kubrick's imagination would have gotten those pics THAT close.
 
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Nah. The horizon is still too close. They just always happen to land near cliffs or what :dave
Come now, we both you know you don't believe in horizons. Though if you're bringing up the subject, I do still have a few questions. You quickly changed subject and dodged them last time (in fact you were banned for question dodging). :messenger_tears_of_joy:

Just as Apollo those pics have so many things wrong with them.
Considering the fact that you don't even understand a photo of Earth, I'd say any problems you list with one of the moon would be pretty worthless.
 
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Come now, we both you know you don't believe in horizons. Though if you're bringing up the subject, I do still have a few questions. You quickly changed subject and dodged them last time (in fact you were banned for question dodging). :messenger_tears_of_joy:


Considering the fact that you don't even understand a photo of Earth, I'd say any problems you list with one of the moon would be pretty worthless.
“He drew a circular horizon on the face of the waters, At the boundary of light and darkness.”
‭‭Job‬ ‭26:10‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Wrong answer. TBH I think this whole thing is more symbolic of China becoming the new world power more than anything else.
 
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I get that. If I remember right it’s what, 1/4th the size of earth? The pictures still make no sense. The first one shows the lander casting shadows, then a crater, then not so far past the crater is the horizon. In the HD one with all the rocks, there’s no way in hell any of those rock sizes make any sense if that’s the horizon. Again it’d have to be a cliff.

*edit 😂 look at the one with the rover driving toward the crater as it leaves the lander. Do you realize how big the rover would have to be?

 
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Just as Apollo those pics have so many things wrong with them.
Back it up, or shut it up. And i mean actual scientific evidence and not what a religious deity may or may not have said. People know your history.

There is like zero room for acceptance of theories that may disagree with the Holy Book, even when its been proven time and time again since the old ages.