|Luna moonrise as seen from Gaia when Helios is not washing out the sky (akasha)|
|Moon (China Stringer Network/CSMonitor)|
Much of the equipment on the rover, including a radar device that can “see” 300 feet beneath the moon’s surface, is designed to analyze rocks and identify minerals and other potentially useful elements. The prospect of mining the moon still inspires Chinese scientists as it once did American space enthusiasts, though some observers say the scientists are simply seeking justifications for their large budgets.
The 1979 United Nations Moon Agreement bans national ownership of lunar resources, but neither China nor the United States has signed it. The US and the former Soviet Union are the only other two nations to complete successful soft lunar landings; the last was the Soviet Union in 1976. “Jade Rabbit” is named for a pet belonging to Chang’e, the goddess of the moon in Chinese legend. It is expected to transmit information back to earth for several months...
China’s own Mars probe burned up two years ago when the Russian rocket that was carrying it failed.... Struggling to catch up with US, Russian, and European space researchers, “we have made few contributions” to space exploration, says Prof. Jiao Weixin. “As our economy allows, we should do more to expand human knowledge of space.” More
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