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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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carmium
Female, 50-59, Canada
 5678 Posts
Saturday, January 25, 2014 10:03:29 PM
I do like how the little lunar rover did donuts in the Moon dirt.

ZackDark
Male, 18-29, S. America
 236 Posts
Saturday, January 25, 2014 3:57:45 PM
@CodeJockey: that's because of the same reason there are no stars in the sky: underexposure to reduce blinding glare.

LikeIGiveASh
Female, 13-17, Eastern US
 65 Posts
Saturday, January 25, 2014 5:55:18 AM
Tupinambis I agree. My breath wasn't taken away either.

Tupinambis
Male, 18-29, Western US
 563 Posts
Saturday, January 25, 2014 12:23:30 AM
Breathtaking? Really?

Gerry1of1
Male, 50-59, Western US
 33697 Posts
Friday, January 24, 2014 6:54:28 PM

Ohhhhhh! It's got a wee little rover. It`s as if the lunar lander had a kitten!

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