Breathtaking Lunar Panorama [Pic]

Submitted by: caper454 3 years ago Science


Its been more than 40 years since anyones actually stood on the moon, but thanks to the Chinese space agency and the magic of the internet, you can be virtually transported to Earths natural satellite.

This interactive panorama uses images from the Change 3 lunar lander, which touched down on the moon in December. It was assembled by photographer Andrew Bodrov of Estonia (check out the fullscreen view for the Apollo astronaut effect). You can pan and zoom over the gray landscape, spotting craters and even our blue and green home planet hanging in the sky.

Change 3 is the first probe to soft land on the moon since Russias Luna 24 touched down in 1976. The lander includes scientific instruments, cameras, and a tiny rover named Yutu after the mythical pet rabbit of Change, the goddess of the moon. The conspiracy theorists wondering why there arent any stars in the panorama should read up on how cameras and lighting work.


Lunar panorama: Change 3 lander in out-of-this-world
Courtesy of China"s Chang"e 3 lunar lander
There are 11 comments:
Female 6,381
I do like how the little lunar rover did donuts in the Moon dirt.
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Male 299
@CodeJockey: that`s because of the same reason there are no stars in the sky: underexposure to reduce blinding glare.
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Female 443
Tupinambis I agree. My breath wasn`t taken away either.
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Male 568
Breathtaking? Really?
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Male 37,888

Ohhhhhh! It`s got a wee little rover. It`s as if the lunar lander had a kitten!
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Male 3,471
Earth looks cool from the moon
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Male 5,608
Dude, the sun looks tiny!
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Male 7,775
So that`s who bought up the old scenery....;)
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Male 7,329
Smoothjc1-[quote]So you can`t see stars from the moon? [/quote]

Yes, you can see stars from the moon.

Capturing both the (comparatively) faint stars and the (comparatively) bright moon landscape in the same picture is more difficult.
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Male 260
So you can`t see stars from the moon?
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Female 511
Link: Breathtaking Lunar Panorama [Pic] [Rate Link] - Courtesy of China`s Chang`e 3 lunar lander
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