But all is not lost!! The Chinese made a soft landing on the Moon this morning, with a robot rover. How could that EVER be a bad thing, right?!?!!
China on Saturday successfully carried out the world's first soft landing of a space probe on the moon in nearly four decades, state media said, the next stage in an ambitious space program that aims to eventually put a Chinese astronaut on the moon.
The unmanned Chang'e 3 lander, named after a mythical Chinese goddess of the moon, touched down on Earth's nearest neighbor following a 12-minute landing process.
The probe carried a six-wheeled moon rover called "Yutu," or "Jade Rabbit," the goddess' pet. After landing Saturday evening on a fairly flat, Earth-facing part of the moon, the rover was slated to separate from the Chang'e eight hours later and embark on a three-month scientific exploration.
China sent its first astronaut into space in 2003, becoming the third nation after Russia and the United States to achieve manned space travel independently. In 2006, it sent its first probe to the moon. China plans to open a space station around 2020 and send an astronaut to the moon after that.
Now, here's the 'rub' on this story.
Just two years ago, our 'experts' said that China didn't have the rockets, the fuel, the technical expertise nor the general technology to do what they did this week. They, the 'experts', said it would be 5 to 7 years before they'd attempt a hard landing on the moon. Which they'd HAVE to do to achieve a soft landing.
What the 'experts' failed to consider I think, is that 99% of the know how for getting to the moon is declassified and available on the GD internet! So they had no NEED to re-invent the wheel. All they had to do was go interweb surfing for answers.
But if they did this 3 to 5 years early, WTH makes us think they'll wait another 7 years to 'attempt' putting men on the moon? And when they go, what's to keep them from taking a 5 or 10 kilaton nuke with them, and setting that SOB up, before they announce that they are now Rulers of the Earth?
And how long before Obama sends them a GD "Way to Go" card for doing this?