January 27, 2014 |
China's Jade Rabbit moon rover experienced a “mechanical control abnormality” over the weekend, according to the official Xinhua news agency, just as it was set to go to "sleep" for the long lunar night. "Goodnight, Earth. Goodnight, humans. " Those were the words in a "first-person" account from the rover's perspective that was published in Chinese state media after the robot experienced some troubling technical difficulties. Officials with China's State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense said scientists are now organizing an overhaul, according to state-run CCTV . China's Chang'e 3 spacecraft made headlines last month after becoming the first spacecraft to make a soft landing on the lunar surface in nearly four decades . The last one before that was the Soviet Union's Luna 24 mission, sent to collect samples in 1976.
December 16, 2013 |
China's Chang'e 3 spacecraft successfully touched down on the moon and deployed the "Jade Rabbit" rover, and now the pair have now sent their first images back to Earth. The color photographs, which the rover and lander took of each other, elicited applause from the engineers at Beijing Aerospace Command and Control Center. The successful touchdown -- the first soft landing in nearly four decades -- prompted NASA's planetary science division to congratulate the Chinese space agency on Twitter.
December 2, 2013 |
Welcome to the lunar club, China. A rocket carrying a moon rover blasted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan province, southwestern China at 1:30 a.m. local time Monday (9:30 a.m. Sunday Pacific time). The mission, called Chang'e 3, will be the first spacecraft to make a soft landing on the moon since 1976, when the Soviet Union sent up a sample-collecting mission called Luna 24. Chang'e 3 follows two other Chinese lunar missions: Orbiter Chang'e 1 launched in 2007 to take a map of the entire lunar surface, and Chang'e 2 blasted off in 2010 to check out the moon before traveling to other points of interest in space.
March 5, 2013 |
A decade ago, Canadian writer-director Kim Nguyen started working on the script that would become "War Witch," a film about a girl in sub-Saharan Africa who is kidnapped by rebels, conscripted as a child soldier and forced to commit horrific acts of violence. Around the same time, Rachel Mwanza was abandoned by her parents in the Democratic Republic of the Congo at age 6, living with her grandmother for a time and then fending for herself on the streets of Kinshasa, the capital. Nguyen was finally able to put his film into production in 2011 and cast Mwanza in the title role.
February 20, 2013 |
Imagine you're driving to work one day when a blazing meteor streaks across the horizon and explodes into a fireball. You'd be pretty shocked, and might even blurt out an expletive or two, right? That's what most of us, including Jon Stewart, would assume. But apparently that's not the case in Russia, where a 10,000-ton space rock lit up the sky last week , injuring hundreds and releasing as much energy as 30 Hiroshima-sized atomic bombs -- or, as the locals call it, "Friday.
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October 30, 2012 |
The shooting rampage, carjacking and kidnapping involving a Downey family had its roots in a Craigslist ad the family had placed in an attempt to sell their Chevy Camaro, prosecutors said Monday. Authorities allege that the gunman responded to the ad, and for reasons that are still unclear, opened fire in a bizarre series of crimes that began at the family's business and ended at their home. Prosecutors charged a parolee Monday with multiple counts of capital murder, attempted murder, carjacking and kidnapping.