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From the Moon to Earth in HD 156

Posted by Zonk
from the tiny-grey-marble dept.
Lucas123 writes "The Japan Space Agency's Kaguya spacecraft is currently orbiting the moon and its equipment is being tested in preparation for its real mission to map the moon with high-definition images later this month. Almost as an afterthought, the space craft has recreated one of the most memorable photos in the history of spaceflight — an Earth-rise from lunar orbit."
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From the Moon to Earth in HD

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  • by 192939495969798999 (58312) <.info. .at.> on Wednesday November 14, 2007 @07:57PM (#21356877) Homepage Journal
    i thought it might have HD time-lapse of the earth rising... instead it just has some composite images of same at smaller resolution. I was all ready with my 2001-2010 quotes and music and everything!

  • by pecosdave (536896) on Wednesday November 14, 2007 @08:01PM (#21356915) Homepage Journal
    1. On the first image, click on the "Click Here" link
    2. follow it to JAXA's site
    3. ?????
    4. see high res!
  • by Mad-cat (134809) on Wednesday November 14, 2007 @08:04PM (#21356953) Homepage
    These are obvious fakes! Everyone knows the moon doesn't exist and was just made as a fake destination so America could fake a landing on its surface to beat the Soviets!

    Top that crazy conspiracy theory!
  • Re:Apollo (Score:5, Funny)

    by Zordak (123132) on Wednesday November 14, 2007 @08:29PM (#21357183) Homepage Journal

    I'm curious if they'll be able to see the Apollo landing sites.
    That thing has some pretty impressive cameras, but I don't think it's good enough to take hi-res pictures of Arizona.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 14, 2007 @08:42PM (#21357277)
    YAAY! I can see Australia

    but it's upside down.... hmmm maybe Australia is on top of the world

    (welcomes sarcasm)
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 14, 2007 @08:54PM (#21357403)
    "...haven't we had HD capturing technology for a long time"

    Back in the Apollo days it was called a Hassleblad.
  • by sconeu (64226) on Wednesday November 14, 2007 @09:18PM (#21357661) Homepage Journal
    As taken from this comment []:

    It amazes me that so many allegedly "educated" people have fallen so quickly and so hard for a fraudulent fabrication of such laughable proportions. The very idea that a gigantic ball of rock happens to orbit our planet, showing itself in neat, four-week cycles -- with the same side facing us all the time -- is ludicrous. Furthermore, it is an insult to common sense and a damnable affront to intellectual honesty and integrity. That people actually believe it is evidence that the liberals have wrested the last vestiges of control of our public school system from decent, God-fearing Americans (as if any further evidence was needed! Daddy's Roommate? God Almighty!)

    Documentaries such as Enemy of the State have accurately portrayed the elaborate, byzantine network of surveillance satellites that the liberals have sent into space to spy on law-abiding Americans. Equipped with technology developed by Handgun Control, Inc., these satellites have the ability to detect firearms from hundreds of kilometers up. That's right, neighbors .. the next time you're out in the backyard exercising your Second Amendment rights, the liberals will see it! These satellites are sensitive enough to tell the difference between a Colt .45 and a .38 Special! And when they detect you with a firearm, their computers cross-reference the address to figure out your name, and then an enormous database housed at Berkeley is updated with information about you.

    Of course, this all works fine during the day, but what about at night? Even the liberals can't control the rotation of the Earth to prevent nightfall from setting in (only Joshua was able to ask for that particular favor!) That's where the "moon" comes in. Powered by nuclear reactors, the "moon" is nothing more than an enormous balloon, emitting trillions of candlepower of gun-revealing light. Piloted by key members of the liberal community, the "moon" is strategically moved across the country, pointing out those who dare to make use of their God-given rights at night!

    Yes, I know this probably sounds paranoid and preposterous, but consider this. Despite what the revisionist historians tell you, there is no mention of the "moon" anywhere in literature or historical documents -- anywhere -- before 1950. That is when it was initially launched. When President Josef Kennedy, at the State of the Union address, proclaimed "We choose to go to the moon", he may as well have said "We choose to go to the weather balloon." The subsequent faking of a "moon" landing on national TV was the first step in a long history of the erosion of our constitutional rights by leftists in this country. No longer can we hide from our government when the sun goes down.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 14, 2007 @09:53PM (#21358057)
    You forgot the part about the fake soviets.
  • by MojoStan (776183) on Thursday November 15, 2007 @12:39AM (#21359501) []
    Orbital period (days) 27.32166
    Rotational period (days) 27.32166 []

    The moon has about 13 days a year.

    I think you'd increase your slash-cred if you explained it using a Futurama quote:
    • Leela: Our car broke down and we're low on oxygen. Can we borrow some?
      Moon farmer: Borry? Listen here, city girl. You can't just borry oxygen. Oxygen doesn't grow on trees. You'll have to work it off doing chores on my hydroponic farm. You can return to your precious park at sun-up.
      Fry: I guess we can do chores for a few hours.
      Leela: Night lasts two weeks on the moon.
      Moon farmer: Yep, goes down to minus-173 degrees.
      Fry: Celsius or Fahrenheit?
      Moon farmer: First one, then the other.
  • by jameskojiro (705701) on Thursday November 15, 2007 @12:31PM (#21365493) Journal
    I half expected a Gundam to fly by.
  • by sootman (158191) on Thursday November 15, 2007 @12:58PM (#21365919) Homepage Journal
    No, wait, sorry 'bout that. Yeah, that's a moon. Carry on.

If a thing's worth having, it's worth cheating for. -- W.C. Fields