China Lands on Moon

While you weren’t looking, China went to the Moon.

Jade-Rabbit

The fun loving folks at the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND) said their robot named “The Jade Rabbit” had phoned home.  Touchdown was on 14 December, 2013.  After making the quarter of a million mile journey from Earth the six wheeled Jade motored around and sent back snap shots of it’s buddy the lander, the Chinese flag and the scenery. After all that Jade was bushed so it took a nap.

After napping for three days, Jade came to life again.  It’s now scouting out locations for a planned Lunar Sneaker Factory.

Jaded-Rabbit-Mission-Patch

 

Mercury Astronaut Scott Carpenter Dies at 88

If being the second American and third man to orbit the Earth wasn’t enough.  Scott Carpenter became part of NASA history when he said “Godspeed John Glenn” as Glenn’s orbital flight cleared the tower.

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Click here to have Scott Carpenter explain why he named his Mercury capsule “Aurora 7”.

Senator John Glenn is now the sole surviving member of the “Original Mercury Astronauts”

Front Row: Wally Schirra,Deke Slayton John Glenn, Scott Carpenter
Back Row: Alan Sheppard, Gus Grissom, Gordo Cooper,