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China's Chang'e 3 Lander and Yutu Rover Camera Data Released 56

AmiMoJo writes: Detailed high resolution images from the recent Chinese moon mission have been released. Links to the original Chinese sites hosting the images are available, but Emily Lakdawalla of the Planetary Society has kindly organized them in English. Images show the lander, the rover and the surface of the earth. An interactive map is also available, built from data collected by the mission.
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China's Chang'e 3 Lander and Yutu Rover Camera Data Released

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  • by OzPeter ( 195038 ) on Tuesday February 02, 2016 @09:58AM (#51420699)

    Images show the lander, the rover and the surface of the earth.

    The point of faking a moon landing is to hide the fact that you never made it there.

  • Very good imaging (Score:5, Interesting)

    by rmdingler ( 1955220 ) on Tuesday February 02, 2016 @10:00AM (#51420707) Journal
    Congratulations China. Chinese exploration of the lunar surface will hopefully lead to diverse international interest in development of national space programs.

    It is good to see the fascination with footprints on extraterrestrial soil crosses cultural lines.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Gag. Another lame imitation of more advanced US missions. I hope they don't think the territory is theirs. Ya, know, like the South China Sea.

      • by k6mfw ( 1182893 )

        Gag. Another lame imitation of more advanced US missions.

        Well, yes and no. Chinese have the best high res surface images from a rover, US has rovers on Mars, none on the Moon. US has excellent photos from manned missions but those are more than 40 years old. US has high res images from orbit but when considering surface images from a rover, the US has none and will not have any for years to come. First step is to dump the lunar phobia. Imagine something of Mars rover technology that can visit and analyze soils from places like craters that never receive sunlight

    • soon NASA will be designing the missions and space craft and China will handle building them and executing the missions.

      • I would love it if the Americans and the Chinese forge a great alliance going forward, including the Europeans, Australians and Russians... anyone who'll join.

        If we could stumble past this tribalism between nations, maybe we could get on to hating people on other planets.

  • according to the wingnut con theorists, the Americans were kicked off the moon by the aliens that were already there...
    • Lies. America never made it to the moon at all. Neither did the Chinese. Take a look at the Chinese photos. Do you see any stars??? No stars on a moon with no atmosphere or clouds? One that is completely dark? I can step outside of my double wide at night and see tons of stars here on Earth, even with my porch light on. Obviously these photos were taken on a soundstage.
      • Of course! Those 'scientist' worry about making the details of the lander and the moon surface 100% realistic but forget to photoshop a couple of stars in the background. Silly 'scientists'.

      • Obviously they hide the stars to avoid people from locating the lander.

        Otherwise, taking into account the absolute lack of security or military forces in the region, it could be stolen.

      • I've always been curious about why the absence of stars is often cited as proof that the Apollo landing was a massive government conspiracy. Sure, nobody had yet invented Photoshop or The Gimp, but even then you could superimpose two sets of different images via multiple exposure or other purely analog techniques.
        • The government slipped up and didn't think of adding stars when they took the shots! They also forgot to turn off the airconditioning which is why the flag waved. How does a flag wave on the airless moon???
      • by lbmouse ( 473316 )
        Plus if it was truly being driven remotely by the Chinese, it would have it's turn signal constantly on.
      • I always tell people to go outside at night and shine a floodlight on the driveway. put an object in the middle. take a picture of said object and make sure to have the sky in the frame. report number of stars seen...cameras are cool, but they ain't magic. All it takes is watching a full moon through a telescope and forgetting to slip a filter in there to illustrate just how damn bright the lunar surface is...I think i have permanent after-images.
    • by k6mfw ( 1182893 )
      Why do you say it's aliens that kicked the Americans off? They were either native Lunariens or first settlers that simply got there first, and standing up for their rights of land ownership.
  • Images show the lander, the rover and the surface of the earth.

    The surface of the Earth ? I can see that out my window! Why send a rover to the Moon?

  • Seems like everyone who lands a rover on a foreign body in the solar system uses it to draw a dick in the dirt.

  • In the "Tracks in the Regolith" image, there are yellow streaks in the tire tracks [] that look like artifacts from color correction or brightness (over-) enhancement.

  • How come these pictures look so good, but everything we see from NASA looks like it was taken with a 1968 camera?

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