China's Chang'e-4 Moon Lander Sends Back First Photos

Submitted by: squrlz4ever 2 weeks ago in News & Politics Science
Analysts wonder: Will the mission's success trigger a U.S. vs. China space race?

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Male 295
Is anyone considering putting telescopes up there? Or would that be pointless?
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Male 46,093
Nazis got there first
That was a great movie




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Male 1,210
It would be nice to see another space race, sure beats the hell out of another cold war.
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Male 1,961
We have several of these on MARS. Why do we care?
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Male 1,049
marsii it is firmly establishing China as a space power. When you consider Chinas claims to the South China Sea against international norms. Then the technical know. The deliberate nature of doing something others hadn't the Dash for space is starting to begin. 

Its also impressive having to set up a satellite to relay the info. Very impressive technically. 
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Male 1,961
Mr_Pedo_Bear Eh, I would disagree. This comes after we had done this on another planet in 1997.
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Male 9,621
marsii I think that spending more resources on the moon with a view to a viable moon-base is worthwhile. Hopefully a multi-national moon-base. Problem with Mars is that, AFAIK, if you go there it's still a one-way trip. A moon-base could rotate crews and develop the tech.

Mars is cool, but who would want to go there under existing circumstances? One, or several, moon-bases on both sides with everyone working together would be cool. 

BTW, I never saw the movie "Man on Mars" but I heard it got huge exposure in China because at a crucial point the Chinese space agency stepped in to help when the US didn't have a vessel ready to rescue their guy in time. Seems the Chinese government loved that. Maybe a good sign.
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Male 284
marsii Its the first time anyone has landed on the dark side. The moon actually blocks radio signals from reach the other end, so China had to develop new technology to bounce the signal around and then successfully use that data to make a landing.

All in all I think being able to say you did something that NASA couldn't/didn't do is worthy of bragging.
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Male 1,961
aegis1294 Something NASA couldn't? Unlikely. Something NASA wouldn't? Irrelevant. I could list all manner of things they wouldn't do that I can do at home but it's not an accomplishment.
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Male 1,961
marsii Ha ha I'm mars
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Male 613
It's going to get interesting when it discovers these guys.

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