China Reaches the Moon Snapping Incredible, Never-Before-Seen High-Definition Images

While exploring the lunar surface, China’s Chang’e 3 lander discovered a new type of moon rock, and managed to snap THOUSANDS of high-resolution images of the moon.

For the first time ever, you can take a peek at the lunar surface like never before thanks to the sophisticated cameras located onboard the Chang’e 3, one of China’s most advanced lunar landers.



The Lunar Mission touched down on the moon in 2013, on the region known as Mare Imbrium –where researchers believe in the distant past, actual water could have existed—making China the third country in the history of mankind to achieve a soft landing on the lunar surface, after the Soviet Union and United States of America.

While the mission took place in 2013, China’s National Space Administration released thousands of the high definition images during 2015. The images however, weren’t displayed by western media due to the fact that China is used to release images in a period of one to one and a half years after received them, using a website written in Chinese to showcase them, reason why western media didn’t put much effort into showcasing the images before.

Not long ago, Planetary Society’s Emily Lakdawalla spent weeks searching through the photo trove –which has over 45 gigabytes of data—and presenting it all in a easily downloadable manner for the entire world to see.

“When it comes to data sharing from China, the situation is pretty good,” says Lakdawalla, who notes that the images’ formats mirror those used by NASA and the European Space Agency. “It would probably be much easier if I could read the language.”

The images are beyond fascinating and have helped scientists around the world, to understand the complex and mysterious geology of the lunar surface, even revealing a completely new moon rock, undiscovered by previous mission of the Soviet Union and United States.

Two years after touching down on the lunar surface, the instruments onboard the lander remain functional.

“China is trying to reach the top tier and show that they’re a major space power,” says Kevin Pollpeter, a Defense Group, Inc. analyst affiliated with the University of California San Diego. “They’re also contributing real knowledge about the moon that we haven’t been able to get before.”

But China isn't stopping there and it seems they have great plans for the moon, reveling possible manned moon mission in the near future, expanding the lunar exploration like never before.

While the CNSA website is difficult to navigate - not to mention entirely in Chinese - the US Planetary Society has reposted the images from both Yutu and Chang'e 3 in accessible formats.

In 2017, China plans to send another lander to the moon which will even return numerous lunar samples back to Earth, exploring the moon in the process and helping researchers back on Earth understand the complex geology and origin of the moon, which has remained one of the most mysterious celestial objects in our solar system.







China reaches the incredible moon snapping, never-before-seen high-definition images

China reaches the incredible moon snapping, never-before-seen high-definition images

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  1. OK fuckers & moon landing deniers... here it is!

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    1. Lmao. Looks fake. Why is every shot always just enough with all the photo technology we have. If you ever used photos hop you'll know how. Easy it. Is to manipulate any photo. Offer me. To go to the moon to see it myself. But, that'll never happen cause WE. CAN'T. REACH. IT.

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    2. Wait.. what? We can't reach it? How fucking dumb are you... There is already thousands of tons of garbage on the moon. That we sent. (Humans)

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  2. Looks as rel as a buggy in the dessert. Sorry not buying it!

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  3. Fake as fuck. Where’s there stars. Why didn’t they take a photo while facing earth? Some pictures, there’s no sun and the moon looks like shit. Rocks with erosion lmfao.

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    1. Please, do not reproduce, and open a science book once.

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  4. Let me guess...all your moronic Moon deniers think the earth is flat too. You should’ve stayed in school idiots.

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    1. morons you cannot even get english right moron, all your moronic moon deniers!!!! get your grammar right before you call people morons you uneducated fucktard

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    2. Sure, their grammar may be lacking; but it could be far worse. They could be a flat earth believing, moon landing denying, moronic imbecile

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  5. bunch of fucking horse shyte as usual no pictures of earth spinning wtf china

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  6. Look Moon rocks with clear weather caused erosion patterns. And we still feed with the B.S. that the moon is totally barren, with no atmosphere, and no water.

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  7. after reading the comments here of people saying we can't reach the moon, or how there is no stars in the sky... You're clearly a bunch of unintelligent americans. If you would open an astronomy book once in your life, you would know that there is absolutely no way to see stars from the surface of the moon because of all the light being reflected on the surface and not in the "non-existant" atmosphere. . .

    Humans landed on the moon, and robots landed on mars, it's done it's proven and it's a fact. Please, if you are one of those people, DO NOT REPRODUCE! For the sake of humanity's gene pool.

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