Thursday, August 26, 2010

Why Does Their Most Technically Advanced Inventions Still Look Like Junk?


"Above is Lunokhod 1, a Soviet robotic rover that landed on the moon in 1970 and eventually died, leaving its final resting place unknown. That is, until a few months ago when UC San Diego astrophysicist Tom Murphy fired off laser pulses at the moon and detected the photons reflected back in the ultrasensitive telescope at the Apache Point Observatory. It turns out that Murphy had found Lunokhod 1."

9 comments:

TS Hendrik said...

It looks like a primitive Wall-E.

D.I. Felipe González said...

Yes, it was a primitive Wall-E. It looks like junk because it costs like junk (The USSR spent about one tenth od Nasa's budget to accomplish the same objectives).

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

1970 huh? Wonder what they're shooting up now?

Pat Tillett said...

It totally looks like a toy, and not a good one...

On Smash said...

That's the thing I love about the Soviet space was program is that it sure don't look pretty but it does work and then some.

Kal said...

They just didn't care about making everything look pretty or really safe.

the replicant said...

I'd even believe it was coal powered.

Anonymous said...

well, i think it looks very cool :)

Kal said...

Well you don't even have a first name so what do you know Anon?