Robert T. Gonzalez
December 17, 2013


China deserves all the congratulations in the world for landing its first spacecraft on the Moon. It’s a big deal – both for China and humanity at large. But can somebody please explain why the background image at this exhibit for China’s recently deployed Yutu Rover depicts a massive mushroom cloud over Europe?

Here’s a closer view of the photo, which was captured last month at the China International Industry Fair 2013 in Shanghai, and has been quietly circulating in various news outlets ever since. The display shows a model of the China National Space Administration’s Moon-roving Yutu (aka “Jade Rabbit”) spacecraft atop a mock lunar surface, and set against a backdrop image of the Earth seen from space. But hold on a second – what’s that over Europe?


Yep, that’s a mushroom cloud. But why would an exhibit for Yutu Rover be set against an image of Europe under nuclear attack?

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