China’s Lunar Lander Reaches Moon

Not only is truth stranger than fiction, it’s often more entertaining.

CNN reports China has deployed its first-ever lunar rover from the unmanned spacecraft Chang’e-3, which landed on the Moon Saturday, December 14.

Jade Rabbit (called Yutu in Chinese) is a six-wheeled lunar rover equipped with at least four cameras and two mechanical legs that can dig up soil samples to a depth of 30 meters.

Filmmaker Christopher Nolan must feel it’s a cruel irony for a pioneering space mission to make headlines on the very day a teaser trailer was released for his movie Interstellar (due next November) — a trailer filled with nostalgic images of American aeronautic and space accomplishments accompanied by actor Matthew McConaughey’s glum voiceover saying —

We’ve always defined ourselves by the ability to overcome the impossible, and we count these moments, these moments when we dared to aim higher, to break barriers, to reach for the stars, to make the unknown known — we count these moments as our proudest achievements. But, we lost all that. Perhaps we have just forgotten that we are still pioneers.

Nolan is probably on the phone right now telling the studio they’re going to need a different trailer for the China market…

3 thoughts on “China’s Lunar Lander Reaches Moon

  1. Mechanical legs that can dig 30 metres doesn’t sound right. Should that be 30 cm? 30 metres is the height of a ten-story building.

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