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According to its state-run media, China has managed to land a probe on the dark side of the Moon. The internet was quick to pile on.
Houston, we have some doubters.
According to the official line, the People’s Republic has managed to land a lunar rover on the side of the moon…aka the side we can’t see. “China’s Chang’e 4 probe landed on the moon’s far side, inaugurating a new chapter in mankind’s lunar exploration history,” the state news site China Daily said in a tweet not to long ago.
The probe entered an elliptical orbit on December 30, passing just 15 kilometres above the moon’s surface, state media purportedly reported.
Which is all very well and very good. Well done, dudes. The only problem is a very slight one, as China has, shall we say, a rather large man with a rather large red pen, who has a rather liberal attitude toward objective truth.
Now, I’m not saying that they didn’t do it, I’m just thinking that we send someone up there to perform some peer-reviewed research.
According to CNN, this is the rover in question, which looks like it has been directly pulled from its Tinder profile, because it looks a bit ideal.
“Since the far side of the moon is shielded from electromagnetic interference from the Earth, it’s an ideal place to research the space environment and solar bursts, and the probe can ‘listen’ to the deeper reaches of the cosmos,” said Tongjie Liu, deputy director of the Lunar Exploration and Space Program Center for the China National Space Administration.
Suffice to say, the “free internet” didn’t take the news very well.
Nice job… Sat it down where it stayed completely still (no tracks anywhere) must have a long arm to get that pic. Looks very foily … Very nice job…
— brockasso (@itsmebrock) January 3, 2019
Good job, China! Party like it’s 1969! pic.twitter.com/bqv04d8wLq
— jtkola™ (@jtkola) January 3, 2019
I mean, yes, it is something that we accomplished back in 1969, but not being happy for the triumphs of others is not a particularly good look.
China published first picture of successful landing for doubters. pic.twitter.com/QgLNqNHRLO
— Colt74 (@XXXL74) January 3, 2019
Photos, or it didn’t happen. Is that the measure of progress, guys?
Kim Jong Un and Trump played golf in a private match, and the few lucky witnesses saw the first ever 36 holes-in-one, for a tie, only broken by a rally race, which was also a tie but beat the world record. shared a bucket of KFC with Rodman declaring ☮️https://t.co/ICGGgoSKOX
— Oregon I.T. not IT ⚾ (@OregonJOBS2) March 9, 2018