It’s about time

We’re finally back to the moon. The Chinese have sent a lander to the moon. Congratulations! I’m glad we’re back; I just wish it hadn’t taken so long.

At 8:11 AM EST, the Chinese moon lander Chang’e 3 and rover soft landed on the moon in the Bay of Rainbows┬ámap here. This is the first soft landing in 37 years. Chang’e 3’s solar panels have been deployed, and soon the Yutu rover will roll out.

Also, on this date back in 1972, Gene Cernan left the last footprints on the moon from Apollo 17. And, back in 1546, Tycho Brahe was born.