外文标题：Chinese unmanned spacecraft lands on moon
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China landed an unmanned spacecraft on the moon on Saturday, state media reported, in the first such "soft-landing" since 1976, joining the United States and the former Soviet Union in managing to accomplish such a feat.
The Chang'e 3, a probe named after a lunar goddess in traditional Chinese mythology, is carrying the solar-powered Yutu, or Jade Rabbit buggy, which will dig and conduct geological surveys.
China has been increasingly ambitious in developing its space programs, for military, commercial and scientific purposes.
They'll probably colonize it.
True, China owns all the land masses in the solar system.
Did you know that there are 20 cities in China with a population over 20 million. The industrial capabilities are really just within the the last ten years being realized. Btw, they are also building aircraft carriers and the jets to go with them. The jets look very similar (exactly like) FA-18s.
I would be impressed if this was 1968.
Well...let's hope they don't mess with the American flag that Armstrong and Aldrin left up there. Unless they slap a "Made in China" label on it.
The photo's are fake, everyone knows the moons surface is green cheese.
Wow, what a great success for China. Landing on the moon over forty years later after other countries have left. They must be real proud.
I've a Big 'Un
If the U.S. had gone through the terrible trials and tribulations that China had over the last 250 years, the U.S. would not have survived.
The people you mock today, will hang you children tomorrow. That is a PROMISE.
Indeed, this is something the US could do in 1968. But we've not done much else since.
For ~15 years I taught graduate level quantum mechanics in a top U.S. university. The typical class size was 30-40 students of physics, chemistry, electrical and computer engineering, biosciences, etc. With the exception of one year, the top student in the class was always Chinese. In a typical year, ~7 of the top ten were Chinese, ~2 were Europeans (east&west), ~1 was American. The bottom half was always dominated by Americans, without exception.
Now we are starting to pay the price, and it will continue for a while. You don't have to be a physics professor to realize that -- all you have to do is to read some of the comments on this forum.
I think your sample size is not reliable. The Asian students were probably elite even for Asians.
Stolen or bought technology!
One cannot help wondering how much of this is a truly 'home grown' success, and to what degree did they ultimately succeed through filching US technology?
They may be 40 years behind, but with modern technology China will quickly catch up. But then again, every science fiction writer and futurist worth their salt has predicted the east's rise and probable dominance of space. Simple math.
The same SciFi writers & futurists that have been predicting "Catastrophic Global Warming" for the last 15 years? They aren't worth salt.
The dragon has landed... Wake up America
Did they use stolen U.S. technology?
Not stolen, purchased. 100% legal.
If landing can be verified, congrats china
The USA landed people 20 July 1969, the Soviet Union landed a probe13 September 1959
Perfect. The spread of Communism to the moon.