While we're arguing among ourselves....

Discussion in 'Politics' started by c jay, Jan 16, 2021.

  1. c jay

    c jay Well-Known Member


    A Chinese spacecraft lifted off from the moon Thursday night with a load of lunar rocks, the first stage of its return to Earth, the government space agency reported. Chang'e 5, the third Chinese spacecraft to land on the moon and the first to take off from it again, is the latest in a series of increasingly ambitious missions for Beijing's space program, which also has a orbiter and rover headed to Mars.

    Right before the ascent vehicle lifted off, the lander unfurled what the space administration called the first free-standing Chinese flag on the moon. The agency posted an image — apparently taken from the lander — of the ascend vehicle firing its engines as it took off.


    The ascent vehicle lifted off from the moon shortly after 11 p.m. Beijing time Thursday (1500 GMT) and was due to rendezvous with a return vehicle in lunar orbit, then transfer the samples to a capsule, according to the China National Space Administration. The moon rocks and debris were sealed inside a special canister to avoid contamination.

    It wasn't clear when the linkup would occur. After the transfer, the ascent module would be ejected and the capsule would remain in lunar orbit for about a week, awaiting the optimal time to make the trip back to Earth.

    Source: CBS News

    At least someone is doing something productive. Good for them.
    GeneWright likes this.
  2. Mopar Dude

    Mopar Dude Well-Known Member

    This was quite an ambitious program for the Chinese. Whole lot of pieces of this puzzle that could have gone wrong. It will be cool to have new pieces of the moon to study.
  3. JoeNation

    JoeNation Patron Saint of Idiots

    How is this thread political? Chatter boys! Chatter.
  4. CoinBlazer

    CoinBlazer de omnibus dubitandum

    Haha yeah sometimes I forget there’s multiple sections of PL, we have the place to ourselves anyway.
  5. c jay

    c jay Well-Known Member

    You're right, go back to calling each other racist and commies, while the rest of the world passes us by and seems to have a focus. Nothing political here. Sorry
  6. JoeNation

    JoeNation Patron Saint of Idiots

  7. c jay

    c jay Well-Known Member

    Y E P
    Note to self: Don't wake up at 2:30 am and start posting stuff. Have coffee first.
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2021
  8. toughcoins

    toughcoins Rarely is the liberal viewpoint tainted by realism

    Lots'a starch in that there flag . . .
  9. Mopar Dude

    Mopar Dude Well-Known Member

    One of the biggest mysteries of my childhood years was wondering how the American flags left by the Apollo missions appeared to be waving planted on the moon. I sure wish I would have had Google in 1969 so that didn’t have me perplexed for so long.
  10. c jay

    c jay Well-Known Member

    It was an accident............

    In Edgar M. Cortwright's book, Apollo Expeditions to the Moon, astronaut Buzz Aldrin recalled what happened when he and Neil Armstrong tried to set the flag up.

    "It took both of us to set it up and it was nearly a public relations disaster," he wrote, "a small telescoping arm was attached to the flagpole to keep the flag extended and perpendicular. As hard as we tried, the telescope wouldn't fully extend. Thus the flag which should have been flat had its own permanent wave."

    The wrong coating had been applied to the telescoping rod, so it wouldn't fully extend, which is why the flag looks like it is waving in the wind. Ironically, that famous picture of Buzz Aldrin posing next to the flag is often cited as evidence by conspiracy theorists as proof the mission to the moon was a hoax.

    They claim the rippled flag could not have actually been on the moon since there is no breeze on the moon. The flag's waves, they argue, were created by a breeze in some top secret NASA stage set depicting the moon's surface.
    Mopar Dude likes this.
  11. clembo

    clembo Well-Known Member

    Mr. Spock was actually Chinese not Vulcan.

    They've got lots of experience.;)

Share This Page