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Chinese Satellite Crashes Into House

timothy posted more than 9 years ago | from the in-china-no-less dept.

Space 406

toggleflipflop writes "In China, a returning satellite crashed into a house. No one was hurt. More details in this article. Apparently inhabited by an eternal optimist: 'The satellite landed in our home. Maybe this means we'll have good luck this year,' the tenant of the wrecked apartment was quoted as saying by the newspaper. According to the People's Daily's article on the subject nothing seems to have gone wrong."

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First Image (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10551298)

Here's a picture. [xinhuanet.com]

Re:First Image (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10551356)

I thought China was a Communist power. Should we even trust what their state-run media says?

Re:First Image (4, Insightful)

I_Love_Pocky! (751171) | more than 9 years ago | (#10551379)

As opposed to the corporate-run media in the US? You should never trust any media outlet completely.

Re:First Image (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10551414)

Notice that it took that website 2 days after the "landing" to acknowledge that the thing hit a house. This is the news from 2 days ago from that same site:

Beijing, Oct. 15 (Xinhuanet) -- China has successfully retrieved its 20th recoverable satellite for scientific and technological experiments. The satellite's information capsule returned to earth Friday.

Link here. [xinhuanet.com]

Nothing wrong? (5, Funny)

octal666 (668007) | more than 9 years ago | (#10551301)

Are they meaning the house-crashing was on schedule?

Re:Nothing wrong? (4, Funny)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 9 years ago | (#10551413)

no, it's just chinaspeak for "our lives are ruined and the party won't pay us a dime".

Re:Nothing wrong? (1)

leonids (102892) | more than 9 years ago | (#10551428)

You know, just like those damned guided bombs and cruise missles, it's easier to aim for a house than say the ocean.

I wonder if they pick the landing site..erm house by national lottery?

Re:Nothing wrong? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10551512)

Off course nothing is wrong.
The satellite capsule survived.

Re:Nothing wrong? (1)

Feanturi (99866) | more than 9 years ago | (#10551671)

Heh, I was thinking something like that at first, until I realized, that particular article, on a chinese website, does not at all mention that the sattellite went anywhere near anyone's dwelling. Interesting omission.

next year (5, Funny)

morcheeba (260908) | more than 9 years ago | (#10551307)

Boy, is that guy going to be disappointed next year when a satellite doesn't crash into his house. Bad luck all year!

Re:next year (3, Funny)

kingkade (584184) | more than 9 years ago | (#10551387)

When the guy was saying everything was OK and generally being all happy-go-lucky about it, you could probably notice there was a red laser beam aimed at his temple. 'You used to be cool China, what happened?'

Re:next year (1)

DogDude (805747) | more than 9 years ago | (#10551476)

Boy, is that guy going to be disappointed next year when a satellite doesn't crash into his house.

Who says it won't? The Chinese government said that everything went perfectly, so if everything goes perfectly next time a Chinese satellite comes back, then it'll hit this rucky guy's house again!

No thanks. (5, Interesting)

wankledot (712148) | more than 9 years ago | (#10551309)

Someone once told me that being shit on by a bird was good luck to the Italians... I guess this is like that to the nth degree

Personally, I'd rather have bad luck and no bird shit on my head (or satellites in my house)

Re:No thanks. (5, Funny)

Zardus (464755) | more than 9 years ago | (#10551474)

I don't particularly mind satellites, as long as they come in through the front door, whipe their feet on the welcome mat, and politely drink their tea. Its the kind that crash through your roof or window that I can't stand. They're just plain rude.

Re:No thanks. (5, Funny)

JasontheMason (654429) | more than 9 years ago | (#10551548)

Personally, I'd rather have bad luck and no bird shit on my head (or satellites in my house)

So, what if the bad luck was something like, um, a satellite falling through your roof?

JtM

Re:No thanks. (4, Informative)

jelle (14827) | more than 9 years ago | (#10551615)

Not so much 'good luck', but in the spirit of karma, yin/yang, or for engineers 'laws of constant misery', getting hit like that tips the scale such toward the bad-luck extreme that after that you are due a lot of luck to get back to 'normal'.

Re:No thanks. (2, Funny)

metlin (258108) | more than 9 years ago | (#10551692)

Actually, Satellites crashing may not be a bad idea.

I could sell one of these things off ebay and buy me some sweet loving.

But I suspect that in China, the only sweet lovin' I'd get would be from them gubmint men in red.

"Last Measure" improper MySQL accessing code... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10551314)

"Last Measure" improper MySQL accessing code can lead to arbitrary MySQL command execution

Date discovered:
10 Oct. 2004
Severity:
Critical

Synopsis

The popular "Last Measure" PHP script, commonly used by trolls and script kiddies, contains unique features including the logging of referer information (for both URLs and the username of the poster), the IP address of the victim, and the victim's clipboard contents (the code only works with versions of Internet Explorer running on Windows XP or earlier without Service Pack 2, even though there are similar ways to get clipboard information from Mozilla-based browsers).

One part of the script, a database browser for victim's clipboard contents, contains hastily-written code (authored by Rucas) that can be exploited to execute arbitrary MySQL commands via modification of the variables passed in an HTTP GET request.

Proof of Concept
A normal GET request to look at a specific database entry looks like this:

GET /lastmeasure/clipboard.php?n=#### HTTP/1.0


...where "####" is a number used to access a specific entry in the database. The numeric parameter value can be modified to pass another MySQL command (in the example shown below, the entire database is deleted):

GET /lastmeasure/clipboard.php?n=%0aDELETE%20FROM%20cl ipboard%20WHERE%20clipboard%20!=%20%27%27%0a%23 HTTP/1.0


A stray "%0a" is interpreted literally as a command separator, which allows other commands to take place (an error message may result for the command that is supposed to run, but all other commands will run).

Solution

It is highly recommended that the "Last Measure" script be disabled completely (or that the database functionality be disabled) until a patch is released. Contact the developers at lastmeasure.com [lastmeasure.com] if you have any concerns.

(vulnerability found by the people here [phonelosers.org] )

Out of luck (0, Redundant)

Moby Cock (771358) | more than 9 years ago | (#10551315)

They are pretty lucky nobody got hurt. I wouldn't suggest thhat they buy a lottery ticket anytime soon.

Does China even have a lottery?

Re:Out of luck (2, Funny)

ikea5 (608732) | more than 9 years ago | (#10551405)

"Does China even have a lottery?"

Sure they do, and the first prize is a baby boy.

So.. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10551317)

Do they get to keep the satellite ??

Finders Keepers..
Loosers Weepers..

Re:So.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10551566)

finders : keepers
loosers : satellite-in-head

I don't understand (5, Interesting)

elid (672471) | more than 9 years ago | (#10551323)

"The returning capsule only went through the roof and no one was injured or died. Experts who inspected the return capsule found it was not damaged at all," the report said, quoting local official Ai Yuqing.

"The landing technology of our country's satellites is very mature and the precision of the landing point is among the best in the world. Members of the public need not worry about this," it also said, quoting Chinese space experts.

Someone please explain this to me. Did they plan on crashing the thing into this guy's roof?

Re:I don't understand (3, Insightful)

Microlith (54737) | more than 9 years ago | (#10551368)

Knowing how deeply the government of China truly cares for its people, I imagine it was more a case of "his house was in our target landing zone" as opposed to "we missed our target landing zone and hit his house."

Re:I don't understand (1)

Tony-A (29931) | more than 9 years ago | (#10551618)

I imagine it was more a case of "his house was in our target landing zone" as opposed to "we missed our target landing zone and hit his house."

Methinks you're right. Places to put up a house or apartment are somewhat hard to come by and they will tend to pop up on any unoccupied piece of ground. Considering the damage done to the apartment building and not done to the returned piece of satellite, I'd guess that earthquakes are a much greater threat.

Re:I don't understand (5, Funny)

morcheeba (260908) | more than 9 years ago | (#10551401)

No, of course they didn't plan on landing it on this guy's roof. Check out the picture [xinhuanet.com] -- they were obviously aiming for the courtyard, and, if you ask me, they did a really good job of getting pretty close.

Re:I don't understand (2, Insightful)

travdaddy (527149) | more than 9 years ago | (#10551423)

"The landing technology of our country's satellites is very mature and the precision of the landing point is among the best in the world. Members of the public need not worry about this," it also said, quoting Chinese space experts.

Allow me to translate that from government-speak: "Nothing to see here. Move along."

Re:I don't understand (1)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 9 years ago | (#10551479)

found it was not damaged at all

Maybe we should build houses for happy go lucky aging chinese folks in Utah?

It would certainly be cheaper than hiring helecoptor stunt pilots.

Perhaps then Genesis would have more valuable science data for us.

Re:I don't understand (5, Interesting)

morcheeba (260908) | more than 9 years ago | (#10551668)

That does bring up an interesting question... why did the chinese satellite survive and Genesis was in pieces.

The main reason would that the Chinese parachute worked while the Genesis failed.

The other reason would be a weight budget -- the Genesis mission travelled much further [genesismission.org] , so the energy (and cost) to propel any additional weight would be much more than for the Chinese mission. Thus, it probably wasn't overbuilt.

The third reason is the mission. The Genesis mission had to open up to expose its collectors [nasa.gov] , while the chinese mission is a bit unknown. If it was a zero gravity research, its experiments probably didn't need exposure to space. If it produced a massive amount of data that couldn't be transmitted back, the data storage is usually easy to separate from the instruments (including film & camera). Anyone know what it was supposed to do?

it could get worse... (5, Funny)

selderrr (523988) | more than 9 years ago | (#10551327)

in belgium, some 10 years ago, a russian Mig bonkered into a house after the pilot did an emergency jump out some 5000km away above russian territory... Imagine sitting at the table and all of a sudden a warhead plops on your plate. not to mention the secret service eating your guts out 20mins later.

I'm too lazy, otherwise I would google some info about it. No doubt soe karma whore will do it below

Re:it could get worse... (2, Informative)

Naito (667851) | more than 9 years ago | (#10551455)

you mean this?

http://mm.iit.uni-miskolc.hu/Data/Winx/stories/a cc id23.html

Re:it could get worse... (1)

Fallen Andy (795676) | more than 9 years ago | (#10551467)

I'll try not to laugh too much. But, imagine being a kid able to say that you have piece of something from space (worth lot's of karma)....

Sigh. All I had in my day was a measly Death's head hawk moth...
(and we hadn't seen Silence of the Lambs - 20 years too early).

Re:it could get worse... (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10551473)

Posted anon to avoid the karma:

"The strange accident of the MiG-23

04 July, 1989.

From the Soviet airbase near Kolobzreg at the seashore of the Baltic Sea in Poland a MiG-23 took off for a training flight. After the take off the pilot, Colonel Skurigin realised that the afterburner of his plane stopped and the power of the engine begun to fall. The altitude at this time was about 130-150 m and the pilot believed that the descending aircraft is unable to fly any longer. Without turning the engine off the pilot ejected and landed safely with his parachute. To the great astonishment of the ground crew the position of the plane fixed and it flew away to the West. The autopilot kept the last direction of the plane. The aircraft was not armed but the ammunition for the 23 mm machine gun was onboard. The phantom plane left the airspace of the former East Germany and violated the West German airspace where it was intercepted and escorted a pair of American F-15s. As the F-15s didn't get permission to fire they let the aircraft flew away. France also alerted its Mirage fighters being in readiness with permission to fire if the phantom plane was dangerous for French built-up areas. Eventually it was unnecessary because after some 900 km the MiG-23 ran out of fuel and crashed in the area of Kortrijk city in Belgium ( NW of Belgium ). A house was ruined due to the crash and a 18 years old young man was buried under the ruins and died."

Hmm... (2, Funny)

physicsphairy (720718) | more than 9 years ago | (#10551335)

"People's Daily's article on the subject nothing seems to have gone wrong."

"In China, a returning satellite crashed into a house"

They built a satellite designed to crash into a house? OK...

Re:Hmm... (0)

Performaman (735106) | more than 9 years ago | (#10551357)

In Soviet Russia, the house crashes into YOU!

Re:Hmm... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10551489)

how did someone as lame as you get a gmail account?
is it like a social net of lamers giving out invites to other lamers?

Definitely insured (5, Funny)

travdaddy (527149) | more than 9 years ago | (#10551343)

Apparently inhabited by an eternal optimist: 'The satellite landed in our home. Maybe this means we'll have good luck this year.'

Hmm, must have had good insurance... and a crappy house.

Re:Definitely insured (1)

jsm008us (774007) | more than 9 years ago | (#10551409)

China is communist, the government will repair the home.

Maybe here in florida we should put our hurricane shutters up in case they mess up and a sattelite or shuttle decides to pay us a little visit.

What would be worse though? It landing in a hacker's home (h4x0r: a sattleitzor landed in my h0us3!!! I R TEH 1337! Har Har! :D).

Re:Definitely insured (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10551620)

Apparently inhabited by an eternal optimist: 'The satellite landed in our home. Maybe this means we'll have good luck this year. as the pistol is lowered from his head '

Re:Definitely insured (1)

Klowner (145731) | more than 9 years ago | (#10551691)

Well, China is a communist country right? So, perhaps this person thinks that everyone gets the same amount of luck on an annual basis, and by having a satellite crash into his house, then all of his yearly alloted Bad Luck(tm) has been used up, leaving only government issued Good Luck(tm). Then add a sprinkle of karma, and I think I see where this nut is coming from.

Stupid Communists... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10551362)

Stupid Communists. They think they'll have luck after their house was destroyed.

The roof is on fire! (5, Funny)

Kenshin (43036) | more than 9 years ago | (#10551366)

We don't need no water, let the motherf***er burn!

Burn, motherf***er, burn!

Re:The roof is on fire! (0, Offtopic)

jelle (14827) | more than 9 years ago | (#10551584)

Right, and the stars make it such that you're not really saying "motherfucker", and that we don't know which word is being said?

Sensoring hypocrisy on TV is bad enough, but now people self-sensor themselves in the same stupid way?

Why would it be not ok to say "motherfucker", but fine to state that somebody is having an intimate physical relationship with their mother that includes regular sexual intercourse? Please don't tell me that that has to become "so****dy h***ng an i*****te ph****al re********ip with their m****r that includes r**g**r s****l in*******se"? Sensoring a word doesn't exclude certain things from being said, and therefore is ineffective.

If you disagree with the use of a word, then don't use it at all, and if you do agree with it, say it like it is and don't star parts of the word out, or beep it. Because anybody with half a brain still knows exactly what word it is that is being blocked/beeped, including the kids that supposedly are being protected by the blocks/beeps. Thinking the beep or blocks will make them not know or use the word is beyond naive. The beeps/blocks will make them curious and find it out, and then purposely use the word more, because the simple fact that it is being sensored makes it interesting/cool/tough to use it. Kids are not stupid.

I wonder... (4, Interesting)

FiReaNGeL (312636) | more than 9 years ago | (#10551367)

I wonder if China is deliberately crashing its satellites on its territory for secrecy reasons... maybe it was a spy satellite or something?

Seriously, given China size, they should have been able to find a decent landing spot... it isn't THAT densely populated is it?

Re:I wonder... (4, Interesting)

pe1chl (90186) | more than 9 years ago | (#10551429)

About 5 times more densely than the USA, and 15 times more densely than Russia.
Maybe that explains it?

Re:I wonder... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10551503)

It all depends on which region of China you are referring to in your post. Living in the easternmost provinces of China one will find space to be at a premium considering the density. As one moves further out west there's more land but at the reduction of the quality of life.

Re:I wonder... (1)

jelle (14827) | more than 9 years ago | (#10551595)

IIRC, China has vast open spaces such as a large desert that would be much more suitable to land a space probe.

Of course it was a spy satellite! (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10551460)

China's spy satellites still use film. They deorbit them in order to retrieve the images.

The chinese sure are optimists (4, Insightful)

kuzb (724081) | more than 9 years ago | (#10551370)

Only in China would someone take a large hunk of metal destroying their home as a sign of good luck. The rest of us would probably be thinking that some higher power hates us.

Re:The chinese sure are optimists (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10551400)

Also, only in China would the government say that nothing went wrong. We have supreme confidence to our Emperor!

Re:The chinese sure are optimists (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10551531)

"Only in China..."

In China you're probably better off not complaining about embarassing, costly government mistakes to a state-run newspaper.

Re:The chinese sure are optimists (1)

scat-cat (606809) | more than 9 years ago | (#10551594)

Nah, over here we would say "Thank the good Lord, nobody was hurt. Its' a miracle"

Obviously, (5, Funny)

quarkscat (697644) | more than 9 years ago | (#10551660)

the crashing satellite improved his
home's Feng Shui. As a bonus, it
also drove out all the evil spirits.
Give the man a break, already.

Validity of info? (0, Flamebait)

o0zi (652605) | more than 9 years ago | (#10551376)

Why should we believe this information coming out of a country renowned for its "editing of the truth"?

Re:Validity of info? (1)

nuclear305 (674185) | more than 9 years ago | (#10551491)

"Why should we believe this information coming out of a country renowned for its "editing of the truth"?"

And what purpose would destroying a house, taking a photograph of a fake satelite sitting in aforementioned house serve?

Re:Validity of info? (1)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 9 years ago | (#10551564)

*And what purpose would destroying a house, taking a photograph of a fake satelite sitting in aforementioned house serve?*

well, the funny thing about is that they say that their satellites drop where they intend them to drop...

Re:Validity of info? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10551570)

> Why should we believe this information coming out of a country renowned for its "editing of the truth"?

this didnt happen in the US, did it?

Misleading summary (surprise surprise) (3, Informative)

psoriac (81188) | more than 9 years ago | (#10551384)

In case anyone else interpreted the summary as saying that nothing went wrong with the deorbiting of the satellite, I'd like to point out that the second article only says that nothing went wrong during the mission. It makes no mention of the crash.

Regardless, China probably figures that deorbiting satellites into sparsely populated areas is perfectly safe because really, if it takes out a family or two, well, there's more where they came from. (Note to angry reactionists: I'm Chinese.)

Re:Misleading summary (surprise surprise) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10551464)

One could reasonably argue that landing is also part of the mission

Subcontracted... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10551430)

Must of subcontracted to the same guys who outsourced parts for Genesis.

Chinese Contractor: Here! We have parts left over from american space craft!
Chinese Space Agency: Well, don't just stand there, send them to us!

[3 Years Later]

Genesis: The ground sure is coming up fast! I wonder why my chutes have gon.... GAK!

[2 Month Later]

Chinese Space Craft: The ground sure is coming up fast! I wonder why my chutes have gon.... GAK!

Political opposition (2, Funny)

Raynach (713366) | more than 9 years ago | (#10551442)

Well, that's ONE way to silence political opposition in a repressive regime...

Maybe other countries will take notice and start expanding their space programs... just to drop "errant" pieces of spacecraft on dissenters.

That's better than the Russians! (2, Insightful)

djblair (464047) | more than 9 years ago | (#10551444)

"According to the People's Daily's article on the subject nothing seems to have gone wrong."

Obviously SOMETHING went wrong, and the Chineese Govt doesn't want to fess up.

There's nothing like good old government-controlled press. I'm glad to see communism is still alive and well.

Re:That's better than the Russians! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10551630)

Oh, you mean like FOX-News?

You believe what you read? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10551449)

Good luck this year? I'd hate to hear what the residents really said. If the news media is even close to what the US news media is like, this thing will get glossed over and we'll never hear anymore about it.

Re:You believe what you read? (3, Insightful)

kingkade (584184) | more than 9 years ago | (#10551603)

I think that if this happened in the US, the guy would be on MSNBC. And probably put the fucking thing on ebay. Maybe suing the government for rights to it since it landed on his property and maybe even suing them for tresspassing. All the while, Johnny Cochran is speaking at a press conference for him saying something clever. All this commotion would, of course, ensure his 15 minutes and his appearance on Larry King promoting his new book, When Satellites Attack. Maybe even a movie's in the works. Somthing to think about.

Crappy Chinese-made products (-1, Troll)

davegaramond (632107) | more than 9 years ago | (#10551456)

I've never had good experiences with Chinese products. Motorcycles, harddisk rackmounts, mosquito zappers, MP3 players, ... they're all cheap and crappy.

Expect many more Chinese space incidents as they still focus on cost saving and not on stricter QA.

Re:Crappy Chinese-made products (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10551559)

no, that's just the crap they send to cheap-ass american consumers.

Re:Crappy Chinese-made products (3, Insightful)

jrockway (229604) | more than 9 years ago | (#10551657)

The iPod is made in China. I think it's not a matter of it being Chinese so much as it being cheap. You buy cheap stuff, you get cheap stuff. That's how life works. :)

Eternal optimist? Nah. (4, Insightful)

sssmashy (612587) | more than 9 years ago | (#10551471)

'The satellite landed in our home. Maybe this means we'll have good luck this year.

Eternal optimist? I doubt it. I'm sure the villager bit his tongue, and wisely refrained from voicing his true opinion.

It's all relative. A broken roof is a minor inconvenience compared to ten years in prison for criticizing the government.

Re:Eternal optimist? Nah. MOD UP (1)

ricochet81 (707864) | more than 9 years ago | (#10551608)

and since when is it a good idea to treat government controlled news as a news source. Be careful ./ers.

Re:Eternal optimist? Nah. (3, Insightful)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 9 years ago | (#10551666)

"It's all relative. A broken roof is a minor inconvenience compared to ten years in prison for criticizing the government."

Or maybe he was just thinking "What are the odds of me having something happen that's WORSE that my house being destroyed by a satellite this year?"

Friends and family (3, Insightful)

MMaestro (585010) | more than 9 years ago | (#10551704)

Or he really could have 'good luck' for the year. After all, if you suddenly heard that your brother or your friend's house suddenly burned down with no insurance, chances are you'd at least let him sleep over your house for a couple days. This is China where family is still considered to be the center, not the USA where family is just what you leech off of till you get a job/till you get kicked out.

Did he have a Taco Bell target? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10551475)

Sure, they aren't the best, but free is free.

Learn more in JSR's space report (4, Informative)

Lord Satri (609291) | more than 9 years ago | (#10551482)

This page [planet4589.org] is one place to learn more. It's Jonathan's Space Report, a reference monthly newsletter from a guy working at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

It tells us FSW 20 - The FSW recoverable satellite launched by China on Sep 27 returned to Earth at 0248 UTC on Oct 15, falling through the roof of a house in the village of Penglai, Sichuan province

Loony Toons.. (5, Funny)

Mastadex (576985) | more than 9 years ago | (#10551528)

Are we sure this guy didnt have a really big high powered ACME magnet pointed straight up??

Not quite an optimist (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10551567)

I imagine the owner of the home was speaking in Chinese, so the translator is likely the optimist.

Ohhh (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10551606)

So thats why the box at the end of my dish is called a satellite receiver...

Gives new meaning to.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10551610)

"Hacked by Chinese!"

returning to earth....... (3, Funny)

bendsley (217788) | more than 9 years ago | (#10551613)

i guess the chinese didn't want to be outdone by the US crashing a probe into the Nevada desert.

Not just the chinese (3, Interesting)

ssand (702570) | more than 9 years ago | (#10551640)

It's not just the chinese Space agency. If you look at nasa, and other space angencies, all have been riddled by some sort of issue, many of them similar, such as the incident with one of the mars rover, the space dust from the sun that failed to deploy its parachutes, or when one of Nasa's ships was unfortunately destroyed upon reentry.

Communist Press (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10551663)

Does anyone else not see that China is a communist country with a state controlled press?

The truth about a satellite crashing down into someone's house. Of course, it was a "good thing" (TM).

Unlike the press in the US which is not controlled by the... oh never mind.
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  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>
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