The backside of the moon

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The backside of the moon

Post by Phil White » Thu Jan 03, 2019 12:45 pm

Seen at https://www.tekportal.net/china-probe-c ... -the-moon/

"But never before has it been possible to control a lander on the backside of the moon."

Personally, I suspect they will find a vast canyon and a deep crater.
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Post by tony h » Thu Jan 03, 2019 3:16 pm

Now, now. You're just being cheeky.
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Post by gdwdwrkr » Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:44 pm

Aren't they on the 7th planet?
"According to the Chinese plans, a Chinese will land on the moon for the first time until 2030." -rocket scientist
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Post by tony h » Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:40 am

gdwdwrkr wrote:
Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:44 pm
Aren't they on the 7th planet?
To be honest, as far as space goes I don't know my 7th planet from my elbow.
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Post by gdwdwrkr » Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:09 pm

tony h wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:40 am
gdwdwrkr wrote:
Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:44 pm
Aren't they on the 7th planet?
To be honest, as far as space goes I don't know my 7th planet from my elbow.
It can be found when you use both hands.
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Post by tony h » Fri Jan 04, 2019 7:16 pm

Just a bit of trivia I have always enjoyed.

Going out from Earth we get Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus. In mythology Mars is the child of Jupiter who is the child of Saturn who is the child of Uranus.
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Post by Erik_Kowal » Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:48 pm

The age-old post-1986 conundrum: should 'Uranus' be pronounced like 'urinous' or 'your anus'?
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Reason: Edited to take account of Voyager 2's fly-by of Uranus in 1986.
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Post by Phil White » Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:25 pm

Pretty certain it's not exactly an age-old conundrum. When I was a kid, there was only one way I ever heard it, and it made you giggle - the first time.

At some time in the ensuing 50 years, the inveterate offendees got at it.

Okay, I know. both pronunciations have been around for a while, and all the dictionaries seem to give ˈjʊə.rən.əs (stress on first syllable) as the only or the first pronunciation. But that's not how I remember it.
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Post by trolley » Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:55 pm

That's also my recollection of it, Phil. At the risk of appearing anal, I Googled around a bit and found this article:
https://melmagazine.com/en-us/story/fro ... -of-uranus
I'm not sure how much truth there is in it but it does jibe with my memory. If it wasn't the Voyager fly-by in the mid 80s that precipitated the change then it was the confirmation of the rings a few years prior to that. I hadn't really heard much about the planet since my schooldays in the 60s but it seems that when it did resurface everyone was going out of their way to prevent the sniggering. "What, there's methane in Uranus...and it has rings around it?"
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Post by Phil White » Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:16 pm

Yes. The Voyager fly-by would make sense. I left the UK for Germany in 1985, where I remained until 2009. The Germans have always said "OOranus", which is not sniggerworthy in either language. It was only after I came back that things had changed.
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