Analysis Of The Landing Of China’s Shenzhou 9 Spacecraft

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.

Where’s Wally World Record (where you there?)

Parachute design inspiration? (Photo credit: infomatique)

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.


11 Comments on “Analysis Of The Landing Of China’s Shenzhou 9 Spacecraft”

  1. The Jagged Man says:

    Beijing we have contact….no kidding. That landing looked violent. I have seen NASCAR crashes that looked less horrific and they are built to bend on impact. Ouch!

    • omawarisan says:

      A hit like that in football would mean one of the New Orleans Saints was getting a bonus!


      Thank you ladies and gentlemen, I’ll be here all week. Don’t forget to take care of your waitresses and bartenders!

  2. List of X says:

    When I saw the parachute, I have immediately thought that the landing was sponsored by Target. Target – landing you right in the middle of nowhere.
    What I did not understand though, why does the astronaut make his statement into a bunch of feather dusters?

  3. Snoring Dog Studio says:

    Horizontal stripes – hmmm, not a good idea. They make that parachute look so fat! And white outfits! In that dirty, dusty place? How inappropriate. Conquer fashion first, people, and then move on to space travel.

  4. Linda Sand says:

    Immediately into chairs. Because they suddenly weigh 2000 tons each. It’s those horizontal stripes, you know.

  5. robincoyle says:

    HAHAHAHAHA . . . tribute to Where’s Waldo. I didn’t know the Chinese are fans.

  6. Yes, I saw the pictures of the capsule laying on the ground and thought, “ouch.” They didn’t seem to worse for wear, but that had to be a bit of a jolt. What I’d like to know is what they found out up there that we don’t already know.

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