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China launches pioneering mission to far side of moon
AP ^ | 8DEC18 | CHRISTOPHER BODEEN

Posted on 12/07/2018 7:19:37 PM PST by vannrox

Edited on 12/07/2018 8:09:20 PM PST by Jim Robinson. [history]

BEIJING (AP) China launched a ground-breaking mission Saturday to land a spacecraft on the largely unexplored far side of the moon, demonstrating its growing ambitions as a space power to rival Russia, the European Union and the U.S.

A Long March 3B rocket carrying a lunar probe blasted off at 2:23 a.m. from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan Province in southwestern China, the official Xinhua News Agency said.


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Meanwhile, in the United States, NASA is still reeling from the limitations placed on it by eight years under Obama. Under Obama, NASA was redirected away from Space exploration to Muslim outreach.



They killed the moon base, the Mars exploration program, and the development of most manned space vehicles. The remaining vehicle was scaled down to pick up and study a dishwasher sized asteroid located in near-Earth orbit.

President Trump has proposed an increase in NASA funding to fund exploratory space excursions, but this has been rigorously opposed by the Democrats. Their argument is that by cutting funding now flowing to Muslim nations, they might get upset and start to be violent. The Democrats do not want to see televised angry Islamic mobs.



In their minds, by keeping NASA funding flowing to Islamic nations in the Mideast, world prosperity can continue flowing globally. The USA would be recognized as the source for all this free goodwill.


1 posted on 12/07/2018 7:19:37 PM PST by vannrox
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To: All

Am I in before the first Pink Floyd reference?

Oh wait I did it already!


2 posted on 12/07/2018 7:21:40 PM PST by SaveFerris (Luke 17:28 ... as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold ......)
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To: SaveFerris
The runatic is on the grass
The runatic is on the grass
Remembering games and daisy chains and raughs
Got to keep the roonies on the path
3 posted on 12/07/2018 7:25:10 PM PST by tinyowl (A is A)
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To: vannrox
With its Chang’e 4 mission, China hopes to be the first country to make a soft landing, which is a landing of a spacecraft during which no serious damage is incurred.

I think they are missing a qualifier here.

4 posted on 12/07/2018 7:35:22 PM PST by T. P. Pole
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To: vannrox

Are they looking for the secret Nazi Base?


5 posted on 12/07/2018 7:39:26 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (Democracy, two Wolves and one Sheep deciding what's for Dinner.)
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“It has a different composition than sites on the near side”

That’s because the side facing us is reflective; the backside isn’t. And since the moon doesn’t rotate, we always get lit up by it.


6 posted on 12/07/2018 7:45:40 PM PST by CondorFlight
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>>>That’s because the side facing us is reflective; the backside isn’t. And since the moon doesn’t rotate, we always get lit up by it<<<

Actually, the Moon does rotate, albeit very slowly.

If it didn’t, the “dark” side would be visible as it circles the Earth. The “dark” side isn’t actually dark. We just can’t see it when it faces the Sun.


7 posted on 12/07/2018 7:52:00 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (Democracy, two Wolves and one Sheep deciding what's for Dinner.)
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To: CondorFlight

The moon rotates at exactly the same rate it circles the earth, thereby keeping the same face towards earth at all times. There is no “dark side”, just an “away side”.

The phases of the moon are exactly the opposite to what we see on the “away side” (the side we never see) of the moon.


8 posted on 12/07/2018 8:13:11 PM PST by Don W (When blacks riot, neighbourhoods and cities burn. When whites riot, nations and continents burn.)
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To: SaveFerris

There is no dark side of the moon really, matter of fact, it’s all dark.


9 posted on 12/07/2018 8:27:51 PM PST by dfwgator (Endut! Hoch Hech!)
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To: dfwgator

But what about when Neil Armstrong planted the flag on Mars?

A Democrat told us all about that one.


10 posted on 12/07/2018 8:31:09 PM PST by SaveFerris (Luke 17:28 ... as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold ......)
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To: vannrox

Won’t be easy transmitting data back to Earth from the far side


11 posted on 12/07/2018 8:35:58 PM PST by Figment
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To: CondorFlight

That’s because the side facing us is reflective; the backside isn’t. And since the moon doesn’t rotate, we always get lit up by it

It rotates once per orbit. Thus, the same side always faces Earth


12 posted on 12/07/2018 8:39:23 PM PST by Figment
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To: Figment

I landed on my backside once. It Hurt


13 posted on 12/07/2018 8:39:33 PM PST by oldasrocks (rump)
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To: tinyowl

RoR


14 posted on 12/08/2018 2:04:23 AM PST by palmer (...if we do not have strong families and strong values, then we will be weak and we will not survive)
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To: dfwgator

I think you’ve got the makings of a hit on your hands!


15 posted on 12/08/2018 4:56:40 AM PST by utax
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To: tinyowl; SaveFerris

LOL!

The main problem with Chinese spaceflight is, the rocket has to stop every once in a while, and the taikonauts have to suit up, exit the vehicle, float around with their hands over their heads, and then reenter the vehicle, button up, and start going again.


16 posted on 12/08/2018 8:42:25 AM PST by SunkenCiv (and btw -- https://www.gofundme.com/for-rotator-cuff-repair-surgery)
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To: vannrox
The Far Side.


17 posted on 12/08/2018 8:56:17 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: Larry Lucido

That was one of the Far Side cartoons that probably made me laugh the most out loud when I first saw it.


18 posted on 12/08/2018 8:57:19 AM PST by dfwgator (Endut! Hoch Hech!)
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To: Larry Lucido

That was one of the Far Side cartoons that probably made me laugh the most out loud when I first saw it.


19 posted on 12/08/2018 8:57:19 AM PST by dfwgator (Endut! Hoch Hech!)
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To: vannrox
Far Side.


20 posted on 12/08/2018 9:03:14 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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