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China's moon rover dies of extreme old age, after two-and-a-half years

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done in by unexpected extremes in the Lunar climate

They didn't get the NASA and Russian data then on the temperatures, etc.? Or didn't believe it?

Still, they get a well done for landing it and get some science back for 2-1/2 years.. more or less. I hope the government feels the scientists are entitled to a beer...

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in China?... beer ain't strong enough, I'd be expecting the least drunk of the engineers to have been utterly incoherent half an hour after the party started, with the possible exception of the oldest most experienced dude who'd have cunningly made everyone else down their glass while he sipped his....

乾杯...

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About a third of East Asian people would probably prefer a nice cup of tea. Nothing wrong with that.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcohol_flush_reaction

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干杯 - is the simplified version. The traditional would have been ok for Taiwan.

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I use zhuyin input here, not even sure I can make that write simplified that easily...

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"Or didn't believe it?"

The extremes are even worse than can be simulated in an earthbound thermal vacuum chamber - and unlike spacebased stuff (which can rotate to spread the heat evenly), this kind of abuse tends to make things break in relatively short order just on uneven thermal expansion/contraction.

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Meh!

No change there then. Buy something made in China, watch it die just outside the guarantee period and if you can actually find a service agent, they've either gone out of business or they don't make those parts any more.

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Re: Meh!

That's not just China, it's the same with every manufacturer from any country these days.

Planned obsolescence, you don't need our old shiney - buy our new shiney for just 3x the price!!

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Re: Meh!

Damn these new-fangled businesses, stealing ideas from the early 20th century and executing them in much the same way!

Still, at least manufacturers aren't colluding to reduce the lifespan of products eh?

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Except for the real kindles and amazon must secretly curse itself for that decision.

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"Planned obsolescence, you don't need our old shiney - buy our new shiney for just 3x the price!!"

Old Polish joke. "What's grey and sits on the windowsill humming for 91 days then goes quiet? An American air conditioner with a 90 day warranty."

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Mixed emotions

Well done PRC! Two years!

On the other hand, damned Chinese batteries. In other news, I noted the large number of Chinese autos on a recent visit to Cuba. On asking a local about them, I was told they had a reputation for being "fragile".

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Re: Mixed emotions

Maybe that's due to unexpected extremes in the Cuban climate?

Anyway: not bad at all for the first try; looking forward to the next missions.

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Respect & Regard

Things started fine, but now its all falling apart like a Chinese lunar rover.

It doesn't get any respect.

No respect, an no regard, i tell you.

No respect from anyone.

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The sour grapes in this article is typical Register jocularity, but it might be worth reflecting on how long Britain's stationary Beagle robot lasted on Mars...

It's good going for their first landing, and most importantly this isn't a one-off and the Chinese have a solid program of continuing exploration, the next step being a sample-return mission to blast-off next year with a crewed mission scheduled for the middle of the 2020's.

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You order Chinese take away

And the darn driver delivers it to the wrong house.

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Welllllll...

Considering it was their first go and all, and they apparently did it without consulting NASA or Russia, I'd say they had a good run, all told.

I mean, before we go crowing TOO loudly about Chinese idiocy in making a rover unprepared for the Lunar extremes, resulting in the vehicle being rendered merely immobile but still operable, we should all take a moment to remember that NASA are the idiots responsible for making a spacecraft unprepared for its component manufacturers and its programmers using differing mathematical units and thus turning from a lander into an impact probe.

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Considering it was their first go and all, and they apparently did it without consulting NASA or Russia, I'd say they had a good run, all told.

Yep. The US and Russia had to practically machine gun the moon and Mars with probes before some started working. The Ranger program's first six (of nine) probes failed, and the Surveyor program had two of seven probes fail. It wasn't until the late 1960s that the US was getting regular successes (Lunar Orbiter program). Meanwhile, here's a table about the Soviet Luna Program. If I counted correctly, that's 43 missions and 29 failures.

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"using differing mathematical units and thus turning from a lander into an impact probe." D'OH! And yet we STILL won't go fully metric. (Yes, I'm one of those USAn dolts).

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Yes, I'm one of those USAn dolts

You could be Libyan, and still use Fahrenheit.

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Considering the slams on China here...

It's doing better than the British Moon rover, innit?

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Give 'em a break...

Thing was supposed to last 3 months*. Pretty good, huh?

*Lasted longer than the 'rabbit' buzzy thing my missus got from China.

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Was it running Android?

Maybe a google update borked the OS? 2.5 years is pretty good for a phone these days. Of course, maybe someone hacked it... Didn't DEFCON demo hacking spacecraft this week?

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Bah!

China never fails in its high-profile scientific endeavours, so news that its Yutu lunar rover has stopped functioning is being spun as a triumph for its space program.

Well yeah, China, but then what was Europe's excuse for the "Good News!" headlines over last year's comet interception fiasco then?

Can't have it both ways: either space is hard to do and any level of success is to be lauded or we are playing to Dr Evil rules where failure isn't tolerated and only complete success is to be allowed to be trumpeted far and wide as "an achievement".

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