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Saturday, 27 May 2017

4 Astounding images of the Moon, from China's Lunar probe

Above: A raw image of a galaxy, taken by the Chinese Lunar observatory.

Technically this is old news, but I've enjoyed it: Some truly amazing high resolution images of the Moon's surface, taken by China's Chang'e 3 lander and Yutu rover, were released to the interweb last year. 

The Chinese space agency's site is a wee bit hard to navigate for a non Chinese speaker. To make things worse the images were returned to Earth piecemeal... but that's where citizen scientists and the clever bods at the Planetary Society have come in: They've stitched the separate pieces together into some nice accessible mega images, which can be downloaded here on the Planetary Society's website. To give you a taste, here are my highlights:

My favourite: The Chang'e 3 lander, as seen by the Yutu rover. After deploying the rover Chang'e became an unmanned lunar science base and ultraviolet lunar observatory...

...Pyramid Rock, an outcrop of lunar rock whose top sticks out of the gritty Lunar soil...

...the tracks of the Yutu rover, leading off into the Lunar wasteland...

...The rover heading into the harsh lunar desert, as photographed by the Chang'e 3 lander. Parts of the lander are visible in the foreground.

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