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China’s first lunar rover, dubbed Yutu or "Jade Rabbit", has finally left the hutch today as part of the Chang’e 3 mission to become the first Moon landing probe sent up by the People’s Republic. Given the ground-breaking nature of the flight, several of the country’s biggest names in technology were there to lend their support …

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Big thumbs up to the Chinese

I'll keep my fingers crossed for Yutu (is there a U2 fan in the team? ;-) )

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Yutu

"'China’s first lunar rover, dubbed Yutu or 'Jade Rabbit' ... is there a U2 fan in the team?"

If there was, then Yutu would be translated "Jack Ass". In honor of Bono, of course.

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They've sent a Jade Rabbit to the moon?

Have they got some secret intel that leads them to suspect that the female clangers are overly frustrated?

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Re: They've sent a Jade Rabbit to the moon?

No. But apparently Mrs Spoon is a right goer!

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"a Chinese myth in which deity Chang’e swallows a magic pill and is carried up to the Moon, along with her pet rabbit Yutu."

That happened to me at a festival once

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Houston, we have a problem

Once we start sending people, what if they get there and some alleged patent holder gets an injunction? Are they allowed to come back first or do they have to hope their oxygen can last through trials and appeals?

You just *know* there is something in the Chinese space program eligible for patent harassment.

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"GET ORF MY LAND"

Doesn't someone "OWN" the MOON....wonder how they feel about all the Trespassing going on? I'd get my PURDY out and fuck-it off.

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Oh yeah....while i think on....

...If China's Mission Control is reading this, would you kindly point your Rover towards the "Sea of Tranquility" and clear up a debate once and for all.

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God speed Jade Rabbit!

This crystal member of the the Leporidae is the most interesting Lunar mission in decades.

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You can see the rabbit

It's a well known legend and the rabbit shape is one of the first I made out as a child looking at our satellite.

"rabbit in the moon" images for the uninitiated. :)

Some other legends are pretty weird. Maori tell about the woman on the moon - kidnapped by the moon after cursing him for hiding behind clouds as she walked in the dark.

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