Analysis Of The Landing Of China’s Shenzhou 9 SpacecraftPosted: June 29, 2012
Let’s start by looking at the video of the landing:
The video starts with the capsule heading off on its return to Earth. Every trip has to start somewhere, this one starts fairly high up and heads south.
Next, we see the capsule descending on a parachute. This is a really welcome sight. I’m sure the astronauts and their families welcome it more than I do.
This is a really cool parachute. No other nation that I am aware of has chosen to use a spacecraft parachute as a tribute to Where’s Waldo. I am happy to see this well deserved tip of the parachute to that iconic cartoon figure.
The capsule lands with a bang in the middle of nowhere. It tumbles across the middle of nowhere. This doesn’t seem like a good idea. The middle of nowhere looks very hard. Is this the way you want to land when you are wearing a glass helmet? I don’t think so!
Suddenly, a lot of SUVs arrive in the middle of nowhere. Guys in white suits open the capsule door. Color coding is important. In space travel, white clothes and ball caps indicate the guys who have the key to the capsule door.
The astronauts come out. Guys in red suits deploy the folding chairs.
The second astronaut to come out of the capsule is Liu Yang. She’s the first Chinese female astronaut. The fact that she came out second indicates that chivalry is in bad shape in China.
The third astronaut came out, but no one cared. The red suit guys moved the folding chairs so the astronauts can engage in wild celebration.
Three astronauts, yet we have video of the capsule starting its trip. Who was taking that video? In the cold darkness above Earth, an astronaut who thought his friends were making a quick beer run is realizing he is the victim of a harsh joke.
One of the space travelers gives a statement. An interpretation is provided, but it does not fit the gentleman’s tone. He sounds enraged.
I believe he is venting his emotions about being forced to land in such an uncool location and tumble around in the dirt. I agree with him. No one who risks space travel should have to come home to such a lousy location under a Where’s Waldo parachute.