China Releases True Colour HD Photos of the Moon

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The China National Space Administration has released a series of beautiful images from its recent moon mission. The photos – all true colour and high definition, taken by the Chang’e 3 lunar lander and Yutu rover in 2013 – are available for download from the Chinese Science and Application Center for Moon and Deepspace Exploration website. While the Chinese site is a tad unstable, thankfully Senior Editor and planetary evangelist Emily Lakdawalla grabbed some of the highlights and is hosting them on the Lunar Society blog.

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China’s Chang’e 3 mission – named for the Goddess of the Moon in Chinese mythology – was the first soft moon landing for 37 years, the first since Russia’s Luna 24 mission in 1976. The Yutu rover, nicknamed the “Jade Rabbit” then explored and photographed the lunar surface with its HD camera, radar, x-ray, and infrared spectrometers.

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The results from the Chang’e 3 mission suggested that lunar surface is more diverse than previously thought.

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After a year of exposure to lunar conditions, Yutu was left frozen, unable to fully mobilise, and yet was still able to collect data and images, and beam them back to China, until March 2015.

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An image from NASA (courtesy of TechCrunch) shows where the Chang’e 3 lunar lander touched down on the surface of the moon:

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6 Comments on China Releases True Colour HD Photos of the Moon

  • Avatar COMMICZAR says:

    for all the “moon Landing” never happen brigade , there are no “stars” in these Chinese pictures either , Did NASA fabricate these as well ?

    • Avatar VoiceOfLogic says:

      So, you’re saying that NASA saw everything regarding the Moon in 6 landings until 1972 and they never cared to send a team to see what’s on the other side?…..

      Persuade me that it wasn’t something to make the Russians “jealous” when Americans understood that Russians weren’t able to “land” people on the Moon.

  • Avatar Rod O'Neal says:

    So, they can land on the moon but they can’t set up a stable website?

  • Avatar Ravi Parekh says:

    I’m not much of a conspiracy theorist, but the rock in the middle of one of these photos has smooth edges, which would only occur due to weathering, which the moon doesnt have… so how does the rock have such smooth edges? hmmm

    • Avatar nb2030 says:

      you are right !!! the sky is really blue and the earth is flat !!!

    • Avatar Santiago Triulcio says:

      If the rocks in the moon experienced no erosion at all, the moon would not be round. The solar wind and temperature changes that those rocks experience(due to the lack of atmosphere), forms tiny cracks in the rocks, witch along with the many cicles make tiny pieces of rock fall over time, which form majority of the moon dust. I like these topics, so I reserch a lot. Have a nice day =) here is my source

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