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Chinese Moon Rover Says an Early Goodnight

timothy posted about 9 months ago | from the perhaps-just-a-nap dept.

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hackingbear writes "The Chinese moon rover, Jade Rabbit, encountered an abnormality in its control mechanism before its planned sleep during the 14-day-long lunar night. In the form of a diary, the Jade Rabbit said, "The shi-fu ('kung-fu masters,' meaning the scientists and engineers) are working around the clock trying to fix the problem and their eyes look like a rabbit's (red due to fatigue), but I may not be able to survive over this lunar night." (translated, original in Chinese.) The rover landed on the moon on Dec 14 and was designed to operate for three months."

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Meanwhile, back in America (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46076625)

Ours just keep going and going... [xkcd.com] like the Energizer bunny.

Re:Meanwhile, back in America (5, Informative)

jfdavis668 (1414919) | about 9 months ago | (#46076667)

Mars doesn't have 2 week long nights without an atmosphere. The Mars rovers get a nice helping of solar power each 24 hr period. If there is a software glitch, you can just fix it the next day. That doesn't work on the Moon.

Re:Meanwhile, back in America (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46076671)

And one of them is powered by RTG.

Re:Meanwhile, back in America (3, Informative)

Megane (129182) | about 9 months ago | (#46076877)

If I read TFS right, this rover failed before even reaching the first night. So it's had 7/24 sunlight since landing.

Re:Meanwhile, back in America (2)

jfdavis668 (1414919) | about 9 months ago | (#46077045)

And, on Mars, you would fix it the next day. On the Moon the rover would be frozen solid by then.

Brief translation from Chinese (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46077153)

Mars doesn't have 2 week long nights without an atmosphere. The Mars rovers get a nice helping of solar power each 24 hr period. If there is a software glitch, you can just fix it the next day. That doesn't work on the Moon.

Greetings, everyone ! Today is the 42th earth day since I've arrived on the moon. I have several good news and one bad news. Which one do you like to hear first ?

The first good news is that after the 42 days of endeavor I've travelled more than 100 meters. the scientific equipment that I've brought with me - the radar, the panaromic camera, the x-ray scanner, the infra-red scanner, and so on, - have gathered a lot of useful data.

The second good news is that at dawn time 2 days ago I communicated directly with Ms. Chang'e 3, who is some 20 meters away from me, using the UHF antenna for the first time, without the aid of the "Shi Fu". Although Ms. Chang'e 3 couldn't reply to my message, but I know she would be extremely happy to receive my "love letter". As this was a private message between me and Ms. Chang'e 3, hope that you guys can give us some privacy ...

The third good news is Ms. Chang'e 3 already went to bed early morning yesterday, preparing for the arrival of 2nd lunar night.

Now, the bad news.

I should have gone to bed this morning, but before I went to bed, the "Shi Fu" discovered some abnormalies within my control mechanism, resulting in part of my body isn't responding to command. Right now the "Shi Fu" are cracking their heads to solve this problem, even to the stage of forgoing their beauty nap. Rumor has it that their eyes look more and more like the ones on rabbits.

Even though with the intervention of the "Shi Fu", I understand that there is a distinct possibility that I may not survive this lunar night....
 
....

Good night, Earth ! Good night, Earthlings !!

Re:Brief translation from Chinese (4, Funny)

LifesABeach (234436) | about 9 months ago | (#46077305)

So, when is the next China mission to the Moon?

I guess cheap knock offs don't work well on the moon either.

Re:Brief translation from Chinese (-1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about 9 months ago | (#46077367)

Gag me with a inedible generally phallic looking object.

(I was going to say 'gag me with a tentacle' but I realized that was Japanese and I don't thing the Chinese are into that particular kick. They do seem to be fond of vaguely edible objects vaguely shaped like a penis.)

Re:Brief translation from Chinese (2)

petermgreen (876956) | about 9 months ago | (#46077611)

Is it normal in china to write news about a rover as if the rover was writing it?

Re:Meanwhile, back in America (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46077297)

The Lunar Atmosphere still exists dummy. Seems that your brain has been deprived of oxygen somewhere else. What it doesn't have is sunlight as you say. Atmosphere != Sunlight.

Re:Meanwhile, back in America (3, Informative)

Ralph Siegler (3506871) | about 9 months ago | (#46077373)

Mar's "atmosphere" has about a half a percent of the pressure of Earth's. The rovers do NOT get a nice helping of solar power while they hibernate for five months of martian winter.

Re:Meanwhile, back in America (1)

R3d M3rcury (871886) | about 9 months ago | (#46077459)

Not to mention the occasional dust-devil to clean the solar panels.

Re:Meanwhile, back in America (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46076675)

I'm pretty sure yours stopped working about 40 years ago.

Re:Meanwhile, back in America (1)

camperdave (969942) | about 9 months ago | (#46077501)

I'm pretty sure yours stopped working about 40 years ago.

What are you talking about? The US has never had an autonomous rover on the Moon.

Re:Meanwhile, back in America (5, Insightful)

Artifakt (700173) | about 9 months ago | (#46077607)

Have too! Several in fact. The first two were named Neil and Buzz. Autonomous as all hell...

Re:Meanwhile, back in America (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46076697)

USA! USA! USA!

Re:Meanwhile, back in America (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46077517)

USA! USA! USA!

How about cheering when you actually accomplish something, rather than when one of your opponents fumbles, hmm?

Re:Meanwhile, back in America (5, Insightful)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | about 9 months ago | (#46076713)

For perspective's sake, Spirit got stuck in a reboot loop on January 21, 2004, and was down until February 6th when they finished debugging what turned out to be a problem with the flash filesystem.

If their fault turns out to be more serious, or their system lacks the failsafe systems that would allow recovery from a modestly serious bug, then some snarking may be in order; but they are still within the 'scrambling for a fix' window.

Re:Meanwhile, back in America (3, Insightful)

HouseOfMisterE (659953) | about 9 months ago | (#46076889)

Ours just keep going and going... [xkcd.com] like the Energizer bunny.

Hopefully, that little guy will get to come home one day.

Re:Meanwhile, back in America (4)

sconeu (64226) | about 9 months ago | (#46077189)

For some reason, that XKCD always makes me sad.

90 Days? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46076641)

It seems that this rover and this rover [slashdot.org] measure 90 days in a different fashion.

Made in China (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46076651)

They just don't make rovers like they use to

Re:Made in China (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46077563)

Made in China, means that it will fail prematurely, if not, it will explode, poison or kill someone in the process.

(insert bad lip sync here) (1)

!-!appy_!!arnian (666023) | about 9 months ago | (#46076653)

Rover talk like Kung-Fu Panda's dad

Re:(insert bad lip sync here) (4, Informative)

ShanghaiBill (739463) | about 9 months ago | (#46077027)

Rover talk like Kung-Fu Panda's dad

Only because of the bad translation. For instance, although "shi fu" can mean "kung fu master", it can also mean any master or expert, and that is clearly what it means in this context. Note to Slashdot editors: Next time, instead of using cut-and-paste from Google translate, find someone that actually understands the language.

Re:(insert bad lip sync here) (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46077515)

Rover talk like Kung-Fu Panda's dad

Only because of the bad translation. For instance, although "shi fu" can mean "kung fu master", it can also mean any master or expert, and that is clearly what it means in this context. Note to Slashdot editors: Next time, instead of using cut-and-paste from Google translate, find someone that actually understands the language.

Remember all the jokes about the silly English translations you see when traveling in China? Well, that's because when China was poor, they have to do the translation to satisfy English visitors. So it was *always* some Chinese's fault when Google Translate gave something stupid.

Now that China got richer, well, we started to see cases when the table was turned, we see translation errors just as silly. Only now, in these cases, you cannot point at some Chinese and laugh at how stupid they were.

And, yes, "shi fu" is a general term of "master" of any kind. English natives like Americans usually take it to mean "kung fu master" because that's the only kind of master from China that they can see on TV shows and movies. "Shi fu" is commonly used as a respectful title for referring and addressing to technical workers, including plumbers, electrician, drivers, and of course, programmers and other high-tech workers. Such as asking a plumber: "Shi fu, can this be fixed? how much would this cost?" Nobody in China would automatically take "Shi fu" to mean "Kung fu master", unless you are already in a kung fu school.

But but but (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46076685)

I was assured that the species must tremble at the might of China's space program? Maybe they forgot to pack a 3D printer to make spare parts?

Figures (-1, Troll)

Rick Zeman (15628) | about 9 months ago | (#46076731)

More Made in China crap.

Re: Figures (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46076823)

I'm curious what made in USA piece of electronics you're using to write that comment ...

Re: Figures (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46076841)

You are right, *more designed in China crap.

Re: Figures (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46077065)

A Commodore 64 running Contiki and a RR-Replay cartridge with Ethernet.

Re: Figures (3, Funny)

Rick Zeman (15628) | about 9 months ago | (#46077285)

I'm curious what made in USA piece of electronics you're using to write that comment ...

How about a Lenovo on its 3rd motherboard?

Re: Figures (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46077359)

Clearly he's using a MacPro.

Re: Figures (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46077549)

No but our USian bosses who outsourced all our manufacturing are getting a piece of the pie on the Chinese made laptop that I am using to type this message,

History repeats itself into infinity.

When the Mongols conquered the Chinese, they did not need to lay siege to the wall; they just bribed the Chinese gate keepers. Today in the USA a similar thing is happening. Our leaders have no loyalty to the country they are supposed to be leading. I just hope all the daughter of the USian oligarchs are sold into prostitution in the good old PRC.

First comes humility, then greatness, then pride, then shame, then humility again. The situation in the USA is very similar to the situation in China in the 18th century. The USA had a good run and thought the world revolved around USA, just like the Chinese thought they were the center of the world back in the bad old days. I wonder if the Chinese will be sending warships over to the USA to force us to buy their opium. Probably not the US is already controlled by the highest bidder (China). The question is will the USA rise from its lunar night or will it fall to sleep for the next 1000 years or so.

Might always makes right, and the ones that are right are the ones that have the best economy. All wars are economic wars, and the ones that win the wars are the ones with the best economy. During WWII the USians didn't outfight the Germans, they outproduced the Germans. Yes the war was largely one by the women making all the bullets and bombers back on the mainland. Read Audi Murphy's (WWII most highly decorated USian soldier) autobiography if you don't believe me. The USA is going to get its ass kicked if we don't get our act together.

Re:Figures (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46077001)

You have no idea what you're talking about. All I see here is typical American envy and superiority complex.

IT SHOULD BE NOTED (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46077161)

that americans give americans hell like this. for us, it is friendly banter.

Good luck (5, Insightful)

oldhack (1037484) | about 9 months ago | (#46076749)

I don't know. Something like this supersede geopolitics, nationalism, etc., at least for now.

Good luck, Chinese comrades.

Re:Good luck (4, Insightful)

tippe (1136385) | about 9 months ago | (#46077147)

I think I agree with this. If the big picture is having humans become space faring (in a meaningful way; not just doing a handfull of short visits to a nearby lifeless rock), then having the Chinese be successful at their space endeavours should be as important to us as it is to them. In the big picture, we are all human, and if the Chinese are successful of conquering space (in a way that the US, Russia, Europe, etc., haven't been able to do), then we all win. Also, if they fail, then so too do we.

Gook luck, Chinese comrades indeed.

Enought with the nationalist crap (5, Insightful)

Art Challenor (2621733) | about 9 months ago | (#46076755)

The Jade Rabbit is an awesome piece of scientific equipment, and it's on the moon. Let's hope if makes it through the night and continues to send data that will benefit all of humanity.

Re:Enought with the nationalist crap (1)

NetNinja (469346) | about 9 months ago | (#46076977)

Here here. To exploration and the betterment of all mankind.

Re:Enought with the nationalist crap (5, Informative)

CrankyFool (680025) | about 9 months ago | (#46077017)

Just as an FYI because you may appreciate knowing, it's actually "hear hear." See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H... [wikipedia.org]

Re:Enought with the nationalist crap (3, Funny)

tippe (1136385) | about 9 months ago | (#46077067)

Maybe we should just use "hear here", just to cover all of our bases. That's what I do, anyway.

Re:Enought with the nationalist crap (5, Funny)

Rick Zeman (15628) | about 9 months ago | (#46077177)

Maybe we should just use "hear here", just to cover all of our bases.

Their, there, now.

Re:Enought with the nationalist crap (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46077039)

"Hear, hear" actually. Think about it, what could your version possibly imply?

Re:Enought with the nationalist crap (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46077109)

How can pictures of dust and dead rocks "benefit all of humanity"? More pseudo-religious pro-space litany. Garbage. Pseudo-scientific cargo cultism.

But it's a sure-fire way to boost your karma on this echo chamber.

"Uh, space benefits, the species, this rock!"

Clap! Clap! Clap! Clap! Clap! Here's your +5!

Re:Enought with the nationalist crap (5, Informative)

ihtoit (3393327) | about 9 months ago | (#46077211)

it was a visual inspection, in situ, of Lunar regolith that added weight to the theory of Lunar origin being a result of an impact event on Earth.

How does this benefit all of humanity? Well, it adds credibility to the many and repeated proposals to exploit the Lunar surface for mineral resources which are demonstrably similar to the proportions found here on Earth, with obvious exceptions being fossil fuels. There is a wealth undreamed of, of such elements as gold, silver, uranium, thorium, lithium, platinum, silicon, lead, even the much lighter and exotic elements such as helium-3 (which alone occurs in quantities enough to solve the energy demand until the sun dies), just waiting for Humanity to quit with the fighting over specific claims over resources on this planet. When (if) that ever comes to pass, then we will be one step closer to expanding our influence for good or bad across the rest of the Solar system.

Re:Enought with the nationalist crap (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46077311)

Yes, we already knew that the periodic table of elements is pretty much the same all across the universe. Thank you.

"then we will be one step closer to expanding our influence for good or bad across the rest of the Solar system."

And there we go. Every time. We go from pictures of rocks to fantasies about the species and its glorious manifest destiny. Do you put "Space Nutter" as your religion on the Census?

Re:Enought with the nationalist crap (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46077409)

Yes, you can suck my cock, too.

Re:Enought with the nationalist crap (2)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | about 9 months ago | (#46077411)

What could Jade Rabbit teach us that wasn't already learned by Kim Jung Il during his trip to the moon?

I do hope they resolve it (5, Insightful)

msobkow (48369) | about 9 months ago | (#46076819)

I do hope they resolve the problem and keep going. It would be such an embarassment to China to have it fail on it's first night out.

You can make all the jokes you want about "Cheap Chinese Crap" you want, but you know as well as I do that when it comes to stuff that isn't intended for the dollar store sale bins, China can make as good a piece of hardware as anyone else. They wouldn't have made it to the moon in the first place if their rocket had been built with toy-maker electronics instead of mil-spec.

FTFY. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46077015)

China can "COPY/STEAL" as good a piece of hardware as anyone else.

That's more like it....

Re:I do hope they resolve it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46077133)

It would be such an embarassment to China to have it fail on it's first night out.

i don't get why it would be such an embarrassment: it's science and not everyone gets it right the first time.

there's a lot to learn from this (if it fails) and it's nice to see the chinese make some progress on this front.

Actually it's the 2nd lunar night (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46077193)

I do hope they resolve the problem and keep going. It would be such an embarassment to China to have it fail on it's first night out.

Actually that Jade Rabbit had survived its first lunar night out. This upcoming lunar night is the 2nd.

Re:I do hope they resolve it (2)

Rick Zeman (15628) | about 9 months ago | (#46077295)

I do hope they resolve the problem and keep going. It would be such an embarassment to China to have it fail on it's first night out.

You can make all the jokes you want about "Cheap Chinese Crap" you want, but you know as well as I do that when it comes to stuff that isn't intended for the dollar store sale bins, China can make as good a piece of hardware as anyone else. They wouldn't have made it to the moon in the first place if their rocket had been built with toy-maker electronics instead of mil-spec.

Or if they hadn't raided the US aerospace industry with APTs.

Re:I do hope they resolve it (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about 9 months ago | (#46077377)

Except they get their tech from the Russians (while we still are scrounging around with the stuff we stole from the Germans after WWII).

fracked by interdomestic terrorist can't do wells (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46076835)

what started out as corepirate nazi hired goons on deception duty now has gone rogue analcystic numerologist debt slave mirror addict MANic viagrant mayhem?

Re:fracked by interdomestic terrorist can't do wel (1)

SteveFoerster (136027) | about 9 months ago | (#46076901)

What is that, neocon word salad?

Re:fracked by interdomestic terrorist can't do wel (1)

ihtoit (3393327) | about 9 months ago | (#46077059)

I think it's Mxedruli forcefed through Bing Translate...

Re:fracked by interdomestic terrorist can't do wel (0)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about 9 months ago | (#46077383)

I thought it was Glen Beck's teleprompter.

language of the heart foolproof (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46076895)

raises the senses & spirits of all of us at once? those are not wind sprites?

I bet... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46076899)

...an hour later and Jade Rabbit will be hungry for waking again.

Shi-fu doesn't equal 'Kung-Fu Master' (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46076915)

Shi-fu/Sifu is not a term specific to a 'kung-fu master'. It is refers to someone who is skilled in a profession or of high experience. Likewise, in Japanese the term 'sensi' doesn't equate to a 'karate master', it too is used to refer to someone skilled or experienced, such as a doctor, teacher, or even mentor.

Re:Shi-fu doesn't equal 'Kung-Fu Master' (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46076937)

Damn it...it is "sensei", not "sensi"...

CAPTCHA: dwindled

Must be referring to my intelligence.

Re:Shi-fu doesn't equal 'Kung-Fu Master' (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46077157)

I've been wondering for a while now. How come you always print the captcha?

Sensei = Xian Sheng = Teacher (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46077283)

The Japanese word "Sensei" was from the Chinese word "Xian Sheng" which carries a meaning of "teacher" today.

In ancient time where most peasants were illiterates, the honorific title "Xian Sheng" was reserved for those who knew how to read and write.

Kung-fu? (1)

thue (121682) | about 9 months ago | (#46076947)

> The shi-fu ('kung-fu masters,' meaning the scientists and engineers)

According to Wikipedia [wikipedia.org] , shifu means master craftsman [wikipedia.org] . Though that obviously also covers kung-fu masters, I don't think that is what the Chinese were alluding to!

I think somebody has been watching too many Hong Kong kung-fu movies.

Re:Kung-fu? (1)

tippe (1136385) | about 9 months ago | (#46077185)

"Shi-fu" are what Kung-fu black-belts are called. Similar to "sensei" for karate, I think. I don't think the use of 'shi-fu' was incorrect or un-intended; it's what they meant to say.

Re:Kung-fu? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46077403)

Both Shi-fu and sensei are also used for outside the martial art area to means the "master" of an area out of proper respect.
It just that *our* only context for that word is from martial art movies.

first ungay pontiff to lead wwworld in prayer? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46076951)

red rover red rover let some other rovers come over. each our own reward policy still intact with right to remain silent (even if it's dead wrong) included...

gay mom from jersey first pontess candidate fail (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46077031)

she refused to wear the (altered boy) audition outfit. no one is to blame

Nothing to do with kung fu (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46076953)

"Shifu" means any sort of skilled manual worker, no Chinese people would think of kung fu when seeing it used in this manner. It's the common way to address mechanics, plumbers, taxi drivers etc. More slashdotters probably speak Japanese than Chinese, so consider if the submitter had written something like "Yamada-sensei (martial arts master Yamada, meaning a scientist)" - it's just as misleading as this.

*Yes, I know "sensei" is not the same word as "shifu" (and the characters would have been here if Slashdot supported unicode), but it's equivalent in that it *can* mean a martial arts master but the common meaning is completely different.

Only one page of comments (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46076987)

and already this USA #1-bullshit. Your country is the biggest melting pot of foreign scientists and researchers in the world, and there is nothing made in the USA today which does not build upon and directly involve talent from all over the world. You are not entitled.

The Chinese have made the whole world proud with this achievement, and you should not let your envy and superiority complex get the better of you.

Re:Only one page of comments (5, Interesting)

DahGhostfacedFiddlah (470393) | about 9 months ago | (#46077025)

This is a really weird feeling. I'm 90% sure you're a Chinese propagandist, but I 100% agree with your words.

Re:Only one page of comments (1)

uofitorn (804157) | about 9 months ago | (#46077345)

So you're only 10% sure it's a troll?

Re:Only one page of comments (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46077433)

No, 10% retarded.

Re:Only one page of comments (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46077573)

This is a really weird feeling (...) but I 100% agree with your words.

Um... takes one to know one?? ;-P

Re:Only one page of comments (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46077413)

And there is nothing made in China today that does not build upon technology and ideas stolen from other countries. You are not entitled.

Re:Only one page of comments (1)

ElectricTurtle (1171201) | about 9 months ago | (#46077521)

You're talking about people who invented the compass. Navigation relative to magnetic fields is kind of a big deal. I'll spare you the litany of other things.

Re:Only one page of comments (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46077583)

So what have they done in the last 1500 years?

Welcome to the Internet, Population: Unrestrained (1)

cervesaebraciator (2352888) | about 9 months ago | (#46077447)

Welcome to the internet. Just yesterday, there was an article about Kentucky and most of the initial comments were bigoted nonsense. Blame nationalism if you like, but understand that such comments come from people who are just as likely to denigrate their own countrymen. If you value your sanity, please don't take such behavior personally.

Re:Only one page of comments (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46077557)

Your country is the biggest melting pot of foreign scientists and researchers in the world, and there is nothing made in the USA today which does not build upon and directly involve talent from all over the world. You are not entitled.

Only one page of comments and already a bigot spews some mouth diarrhea about how America's achievements are not "ethnically pure". Heil Hitler much, jackass? Oh wait... you probably do.

The Chinese have made the whole world proud with this achievement, and you should not let your envy and superiority complex get the better of you.

Whoa there! - Laying on the jingoism a little thick now, aren't we now...?

Those "foreigners" come to America to escape the likes of bigots and tin pot dictators and censors like yourself - only for their achievements to be later demonized and attacked by the likes of you. Now scuttle off to bash America in countless other forums and comment boards because America bashing propaganda work is never done, right?! The American running dogs must be stopped!!

Good Luck (4, Insightful)

SuperKendall (25149) | about 9 months ago | (#46077135)

With the recent successes of the Mars rovers it's hard to remember that conditions in space are a super difficult thing to deal with. It's a huge feat all by itself to land on the moon with a functioning rover at all, as China did... so if this rover falters hopefully they'll learn from it and build another.

Better still it wakes up again and keeps going for them.

Good Luck China!

3 month warranty! (3, Funny)

assemblerex (1275164) | about 9 months ago | (#46077149)

Limited warranty, 90 days.

Re:3 month warranty! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46077231)

Yea, just return it in original packaging for a full replacement.

Re:3 month warranty! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46077307)

You pay for the return shipping of course.

Re:3 month warranty! (1)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | about 9 months ago | (#46077415)

Yea, just return it in original packaging for a full replacement.

I hope they kept the receipt!

Re:3 month warranty! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46077343)

If we're going to try to return any celestial body, I think Mars (where's the damn underground water reserves?) and Pluto (planet, my ass!) would be in line ahead of the moon. Then again, I guess that's only because the people expecting cheese up there are all senile or dead.

Re:3 month warranty! (1)

TheGratefulNet (143330) | about 9 months ago | (#46077441)

just like on ebay, getting the thing to you is cheap; but if you have to return it, OH BOY are you in for a shock of a shipping charge.

Might do China good. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46077197)

Yutu's failure might help calm the Chinese government's ego for a short while. China's regime scares the hell out of me.

Re:Might do China good. (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about 9 months ago | (#46077395)

Yutu's failure might help calm the Chinese government's ego for a short while. China's regime scares the hell out of me.

And the one in the US doesn't?

Re:Might do China good. (2)

amiga3D (567632) | about 9 months ago | (#46077435)

China's regime doesn't scare me although I feel sad for those who suffer under it. The bad direction my own government is headed in worries me far more. I'm not under China's domain but the idiots in D.C. who are dismantling the Constitution because they're worried about some terrorists are a threat to my future freedom. While it's hardly at Tiananmen Square leve,l I resent every step in that direction. Trading liberty for security is a shitty bargain in my view.

"shi-fu" doesn't mean "kung fu masters" -- it can (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46077203)

(nt)

It''s a shame (2)

umask077 (122989) | about 9 months ago | (#46077209)

Those kids that they had build that will be so disappointed. Might have to go back to building iphones.

Re:It''s a shame (1)

amiga3D (567632) | about 9 months ago | (#46077443)

I know it's wrong but I laughed anyway. No mod points so I can't help you with the guys who are too PC to appreciate a tasteless joke.

Well. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46077249)

GG NORE

USA Media sucks (0)

TrollstonButterbeans (2914995) | about 9 months ago | (#46077335)

I had no idea China landed a rover on the moon. Google for pics and I'm glad to see this, especially another country with a lot of resources doing space exploration.

The US media sucks and spends all their time talking about Justin Bieber and the NFL player Sherman and such --- enough I mostly avoid the "so called" news --- which largely pumps pop culture crap as news.

Re:USA Media sucks (3, Informative)

clovis (4684) | about 9 months ago | (#46077493)

What newspaper do you read?

If by "US media", you are talking only about television, then I have to agree.
The only time I watch news on TV is when I'm on the treadmill at the gym. I assure you that CNN had noted the Jade Rabbit mission before the launch, during the launch, and after the landing. Nothing in-depth, but what can you say about the mission anyway?

Here's some links (below) from the Atlanta Journal. I think they did a decent job of reporting on it. It's similar to the coverage in most mainstream newspapers.
http://www.accessatlanta.com/v... [accessatlanta.com]
http://www.ajc.com/videos/news... [ajc.com]
http://www.ajc.com/ap/ap/inter... [ajc.com]
http://www.ajc.com/ap/ap/top-n... [ajc.com]
http://www.ajc.com/ap/ap/top-n... [ajc.com]
http://www.accessatlanta.com/v... [accessatlanta.com]
http://www.accessatlanta.com/v... [accessatlanta.com]
http://www.ajc.com/videos/news... [ajc.com]

Re:USA Media sucks (1)

ThatsDrDangerToYou (3480047) | about 9 months ago | (#46077537)

I had no idea China landed a rover on the moon. Google for pics and I'm glad to see this, especially another country with a lot of resources doing space exploration. The US media sucks and spends all their time talking about Justin FUCKING Bieber and the NFL player Sherman and such --- enough I mostly avoid the "so called" news --- which largely pumps pop culture crap as news.

ftfy ha

Hope the rover wakes up. Cold up there.

Not a problem (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46077511)

It's just a chink in the armor.

It could have been fixed sooner. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46077523)

It could have been fixed sooner, but they are stuck in phone menu hell trying to get a live person at the call center in Mumbai.

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