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Jan 27, 2014, 11:38 AM
 
China's Lunar Rover Only Lasted a Month

So, two weeks longer than usual. Not bad.
     
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Jan 27, 2014, 11:39 AM
 
The Mars rover laughs at China.
     
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Jan 27, 2014, 11:48 AM
 
lol sounds like the street crap in Beijing.
I think I saw rovers all over the place the last time I was there, was gonna buy one for the wife.
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Jan 27, 2014, 11:49 AM
 
You want to survey her landscape?
     
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Jan 27, 2014, 12:24 PM
 
Yep, and mission accomplished!
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Jan 27, 2014, 04:04 PM
 
Originally Posted by The Final Dakar View Post
The Mars rover laughs at China.
I hope the engineers who designed it don't get sent to a prison camp.
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Jan 27, 2014, 04:57 PM
 
I'm actually a little surprised. China is fully capable of making good stuff, they just don't get paid enough to do so most of the time.

As their "mindshare" is on the line with this, I assume they would have spared no expense.
     
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Jan 27, 2014, 05:46 PM
 
In terms of high-tech, China is still at the copying stage, not developing or having new ideas - look at their latest aircraft for example. The high-tech products that they make or put together are 'conceived' elsewhere.
     
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Jan 27, 2014, 05:54 PM
 
Good point.
     
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Jan 27, 2014, 06:29 PM
 
Originally Posted by mattyb View Post
China's Lunar Rover Only Lasted a Month

So, two weeks longer than usual. Not bad.
It's because of the ban on lead paint.
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Jan 27, 2014, 07:12 PM
 
Originally Posted by Shaddim View Post
I hope the engineers who designed it don't get sent to a prison camp.
LOL

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Chinese engineers say they're not ready to give up on Yutu just yet. Don't stop believing.
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Jan 28, 2014, 12:53 PM
 
Subego's point that the Chinese are capable of making "good stuff" is accurate. But China is slowly transitioning from "the Party runs everything" (and thus there's little incentive to go farther than the absolute minimum) toward a competition-based economy that rewards harder work, more original thinking and creativity. Obviously, their rover was part of a government project, whether it was done by contract to the government or by government employees. So maybe the glorious people's moon exploration device wasn't built as well as it might have been if it had been built privately.

Still, getting all the way to the moon and actually working when it got there was a great feat. Much better than North Korea's "peaceful" space program's performance, right?

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