Americans went to the moon, or so we say, 37 years ago. But since that time, we haven’t returned. They say that it’s because it’s too expensive, but it’s odd that there was something we were able to do with 1968 technology that we can’t do today. Remember 1968? That’s the year where VCRs didn’t exist and even cable TV was the stuff of fantasy.
The American excuses for why we haven’t returned to the moon to colonize or explore go on and on, but some people think that the reason we haven’t gone back is because we don’t know how, at least not with astronauts on-board. When President Bush talked about going back to the moon, he said that it would take us 20 years to pull it off. The “been there, done that” response wears thin when NASA is being asked the hard questions about their space program.
The Chinese have taken a major step in their dominance as a technological power by announcing that they just landed a craft on the moon. This is the first time any country has done this in the last 37 years, which makes it pretty huge. They didn’t have astronauts on the craft, but it’ll be interesting to see if the US government can match their feat. I bet you they won’t be able to do it.
On Saturday afternoon (GMT), a landing module used thrusters to touch down, marking the latest step in China’s ambitious space exploration programme.
Several hours later, the lander will deploy a robotic rover called Yutu, which translates as “Jade Rabbit”.
The touchdown took place on a flat plain called Sinus Iridum.
The Chang’e-3 mission launched atop a Chinese-developed Long March 3B rocket on 1 December from Xichang in the country’s south.