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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 3in 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.

Time to make tracks:The Yutu 'Jade rabbit' is seen moving away from the Chang'e 3 lander over the moon's featureless, rock-strewn surface

Run rabbit run: The little rover snakes its way across the lunar environment, with the blackness of space above

The CNSA's Chang'e 3 lander snaps pictures of the shallow tracks left by the wheels of its Yutu rover in the fine lunar soil

The images show the moon's surface is far from smooth, but is instead littered with pebbles, rocks and boulders

Shadow of the Jade rabbit: The rover captures an image of its shadow on the dusty surface. The powder-fine rock dust gets everywhere, clogging instruments and can even become charged with thousands of volts of static electricity

Rock field: Images from the rover show the moon's surface littered with rocks, likely remnants of meteorite collisions

Along with the pebbles are larger boulders, caked in the same powdery rock dust which covers the lunar surface

Some of the rock formations on the surface are much bigger. The CNSA's Yutu rover captured some of these in amazing detail


  1. Maybe if my country would stop sinking everything into our already super inflated military, we could have had funding for better technology to make these kinds of discoveries. Thanks for sharing these amazing pics with us China!

    1. You must be commenting from a third world country. USA went there almost 50 years ago. Our guys actually brought the rocks back. Can't get more HD than that and even 50 years ago had the ability to go, walk the surface and return safely. And if yo think our (USA) military is super inflated, go live in a country where they have no or little military. Great thing about this country, you can leave whenever you dislike it.

    2. They brought back Moon rocks that were later analyzed and deemed PETRIFIED WOOD?
      You sir, are full of bollocks! #FakeMoonLandings

    3. To unknown - yeh Costa Rica and Switzerland are pretty nice countries and hey they dont have anywhere near the same amount of issues as murica - so your logic is floored and your understanding little - and by the way we dont call them third world countries anymore - they are called developing countries - best you get back to school methinks - or maybe you should actually leave the D.S.A and actually see something other than your own backyard.

    4. Moon Landing never happen, it is just another Hollywood movie...

    5. To Unknown -- That "if you don't like it, you can leave" crap is a two-way street. You don't like the opinions of other Americans? You can leave. We can all leave. We can all stay. We can tell each other your opinions suck. Most people in the US do think the military is super inflated. Anyone with any sense can see that.

  2. #FakeNews #Fake


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