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Offline 12oh2alarm

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Pictures from the Moon - by the Chinese
« on: January 30, 2016, 04:46:45 AM »
Some strikingly similar pictures from the Moon (too all those who have seen the Apollo Hasselblad pictures) taken by the Chinese lander can be found here: http://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily-lakdawalla/2016/01281656-fun-with-a-new-data-set-change.html

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In a recent guest blog post, Quanzhi Ye pointed to the Chinese version of the Planetary Data System, and shared the great news that Chang'e 3 lander data are now public. The website is a little bit difficult to use, but last week I managed to download all of the data from two of the cameras -- a total of 35 Gigabytes of data! -- and I've spent the subsequent week figuring out what's there and how to handle it.

So, space fans, without further ado, here, for the first time in a format easily accessible to the public, are hundreds and hundreds of science-quality images from the Chang'e 3 lander and Yutu rover. I don't usually host entire data sets (PDS-formatted and all) but I made an exception in this case because the Chinese website is a bit challenging to use.

The quality is so good, it's almost as if you were there. On that secret Area 52 stage the Chinese rented from the US Gubmint :-)

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Re: Pictures from the Moon - by the Chinese
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2016, 05:47:09 AM »
It's a shame their website is so clunky though - I've had lots of trouble getting at their other images and maps.

While on the subject of non-US datasets, India's Chandrayaan data are available online too both on their own website (needs a registration) and via the Lunar Orbital Data Explorer

http://issdc.gov.in/CHBrowse/jsp/include/login.jsp

http://ode.rsl.wustl.edu/moon/indexDataSets.aspx

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Re: Pictures from the Moon - by the Chinese
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2016, 07:58:44 PM »
Why some pictures look more reddish than others and the Apollo ones? I think is the filter used to capture them.

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Re: Pictures from the Moon - by the Chinese
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2016, 12:09:17 AM »
Why some pictures look more reddish than others and the Apollo ones? I think is the filter used to capture them.
Sun and viewing angle has a pretty dramatic impact on the appearance of the lunar surface is my, albeit limited, understanding, though a filter could certainly compound that.