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Breathtaking Lunar Panorama [Pic]

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

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Date: 01/24/14 02:11 PM

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    caper454 Female 70 & Over
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    January 24, 2014 at 2:11 pm
    Link: Breathtaking Lunar Panorama - Courtesy of China`s Chang`e 3 lunar lander
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    Smoothjc1 Male 50-59
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    January 24, 2014 at 2:56 pm
    So you can`t see stars from the moon?
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    Grendel Male 40-49
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    January 24, 2014 at 3:24 pm
    Smoothjc1-So you can`t see stars from the moon?

    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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    drawman61 Male 50-59
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    January 24, 2014 at 3:48 pm
    So that`s who bought up the old scenery....;)
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    CodeJockey Male 40-49
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    January 24, 2014 at 4:16 pm
    Dude, the sun looks tiny!
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    TheZigRat Male 50-59
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    January 24, 2014 at 4:57 pm
    Earth looks cool from the moon
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    January 24, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Ohhhhhh! It`s got a wee little rover. It`s as if the lunar lander had a kitten!
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    Tupinambis Male 18-29
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    January 25, 2014 at 12:23 am
    Breathtaking? Really?
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    LikeIGiveASh Female 13-17
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    January 25, 2014 at 5:55 am
    Tupinambis I agree. My breath wasn`t taken away either.
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    ZackDark Male 18-29
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    January 25, 2014 at 3:57 pm
    @CodeJockey: that`s because of the same reason there are no stars in the sky: underexposure to reduce blinding glare.
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    carmium Female 50-59
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    January 25, 2014 at 10:03 pm
    I do like how the little lunar rover did donuts in the Moon dirt.

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