Hopefully, those classic Antonio Prohias comics in Mad magazine that I read (or looked at, there weren’t any word) in my youth (fess up, you did to) haven’t spread to the Moon.
It seems that NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has been keeping an eye on the Chinese rover! Our first interspacial spying incident! Probably not, but it makes for a good storyline.
It turns out that, suprise, suprise, NASA is just conducting another series of measurements with the help of the Chinese. “Repeated imaging of the landing site by LROC [the LRO Camera] will allow for detailed measurements of changes to the surface caused by the landing and movement of the Chang’e 3 rover (named Jade Rabbit).”
It turns out that three NASA spacecraft are gathering scientific data from the Jade Rabbit. The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) is looking for changes to the lunar atmosphere (yes the Moon sort of has an atmosphere) caused by Chang’e 3’s touchdown. And the twin ARTEMIS ( Acceleration, Reconnection, Turbulence and Electrodynamics of Moon’s Interaction with the Sun) have also gathered Lunar data from the landing and roving.
So, no space James Bond yet. Unless you want to count Moonraker, but I don’t think so.
– Ex astris, scientia –
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