Chang’e-5 lands on the Moon


The China National Space Administration has landed a probe on the Moon, and released video from the on-board camera.

The music sounds familiar, but for some reason I think the probe ought to be spinning more.

Comments

  1. xohjoh2n says

    Hmm, that scene always annoyed me because the activity on the lander’s display screens doesn’t match what you can see out of the window.

  2. davidc1 says

    Gosh dang it heavens to betsy ,how dare they land on the moon dagnabit don’t they know the moon does dun belong to amurica .
    Talking of things looney ,i mean Lunar ,is it true that one American mega corp was planning to beam their logo on to the surface of the Moon ?

  3. says

    @#2, davidc1
    There was something like that floated a bunch of years back. Don’t remember the company, but I seem to remember there being some amount of outcry about it.

  4. says

    Okay, this video creeped me out. It didn’t take me long to figure out what was bothering me, either: it was the complete absence of any sense of scale. Are those dots kilometer-wide craters seen during a fast descent? Are they meter-wide & the probe has almost touched? Are they centimeter-wide & the camera has simply zoomed in on the expected landing site to give a reasonable amount of warning to the operators (if any) capable of beaming an emergency change/abort order?

    I had no idea what I was looking at, and that bothered me at a visceral level – almost to the point of nauseating me.

  5. consciousness razor says

    The music sounds familiar, but for some reason I think the probe ought to be spinning more.

    It’s probably for the best that you’re not an astronaut.

    The music’s from The Blue Danube Waltz, Johann Strauss II (10:59). That section starts around 6:30.

  6. eddavies says

    That music would be more appropriate for the rendezvous of the ascent module with the orbiter. Hope they’ll a) manage that and b) we’ll get to see some video.

  7. R. L. Foster says

    The Chinese are playing a Strauss waltz on the moon? That’s an interesting choice. As hyper-nationalistic as the Chinese are these days I would have expected a more traditional Chinese musical piece, perhaps ‘Autumn Moon Over Han Palace.’

  8. James Fehlinger says

    The Chinese are playing a Strauss waltz on the moon? That’s an interesting choice.

    You think Chinese space enthusiasts haven’t seen 2001: A Space Odyssey ?

    Actually, it’s a perfect choice, as it provides a very subtle, and subtly
    humorous, multi-level dig at Western viewers of the video.

  9. Thomas Scott says

    I would hope that it was less of a dig and more of an homage to A.C. Clarke’s vision.

  10. captainjack says

    I saw it like that, too, because it looked like the light was coming from the opposite direction.

  11. says

    Seeing the curved horizon helped set the scale early on. The rest is like watching a Mandelbrot set evolve, you lose track of the crater size.

  12. wzrd1 says

    Their fake moon, our fake moon, all same – same, made in Japan. ;)

    Hopefully, their samples will have something novel among them. After all, many breakthroughs began with the words “Huh, now that’s odd…”.

  13. Silentbob says

    Here’s an animation of the whole mission (4 ½ minutes) – quite elaborate. In fact similar to how the Apollo missions worked but without those pesky humans. You can leave the sound off for those who don’t like music.

  14. davidc1 says

    Why didn’t they land slap bang next to one of the Apollo sites and take lots ,and lots of film and photos and stuff .
    I think that would be the only thing to shut the moon landings are fake crowd.
    A bit off topic ,but all this anti vaxxer ,flat earth ,chemtrails ,moon landings are a hoax ,deep state bollox is getting me down .
    No use asking how people can be so thick ,the 2016 American Election ,and the referendum earlier in the same year is proof just how thick they are .

  15. xohjoh2n says

    @19:

    Why didn’t they land slap bang next to one of the Apollo sites

    Because the US wouldn’t share the CGI models and they didn’t have the budget to recreate them.

  16. davidc1 says

    @22 Thanks for the link ,they would soon think of something .
    Ok ,we all know why the wackaloons think the moon landings were faked .
    Why are they convinced NASA is covering up the fact that the Earth is flat ?

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