After a successful soft landing, China’s lunar rover Yutu has successfully rolled onto the lunar surface.


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The competition heats up: After a successful soft landing, China’s lunar rover Yutu has successfully rolled onto the lunar surface.

The real significance of this mission is that China has now demonstrated that it has developed the engineering to achieve a controlled soft landing on another world. With this technology, they can move on to building a manned lander, something only the U.S. has been able to accomplish.

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4 comments

  • D. K. Williams

    I wonder how many of their engineers were trained in the U.S.?

  • wade

    I had a Look at the Lander. And it is not Too far off from a design that could indeed, deliver humans to the surface of Any planetary body. The existing difference is the type of Payload.

  • JohnnyL

    Then again, we did a manned landing with on board computing systems probably less powerful than today’s smart phones. Wonder what they plan on using as the main get into orbit rocket. I haven’t read anything about them being able to engineer and build a Saturn V equivalent.

  • Ah, but the Chinese are developing a space station assembled from separately launched modules. You put them together, and you have the same tonnage in orbit as provided by a single Saturn 5 launch. This would give them the launch capability now.

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