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Originally posted by scubagravy
I do not believe this is a crater.Definition of the surface gets better toward the peak. There appears to be reflective material on the surface on the northern half of the base, most photos you see of the moon have a dull look, like it absorbs light rather than reflecting it in this case .
Originally posted by star in a jar
The images are so poor in quality people are actually arguing if it's a crater or a hill.
I mean come on, how come there's no color? And honestly, what kind of camera are they using?
The shape of the top or center is very interesting, very symmetrical in shape.
A huge ship covered up with some doctoring?
The Terrain mapping camera is said to be pan-chromatic, dont know if that is color . Also, they have a radar mapping instrument also on their probe that also maps the surface. That should be able to clear up if its a crater or a hill. They have 3 separate cameras by the description and the shining reflective surface is just sunlight reflecting off the moon's surface.
The TMC will image in the panchromatic spectral region of 0.5 to 0.85 µm, with a spatial/ ground resolution of 5 m and swath coverage of 20 km. The camera is configured for imaging in the pushbroom mode, with three linear 4k element detectors in the image plane for fore, nadir and aft views, along the ground track of the satellite. The fore and aft view angles are ±25º respectively w.r.t. Nadir. TMC will measure the solar radiation reflected / scattered from the Moon’s surface. The dynamic range of the reflected signal is quite large, represented by the two extreme targets – fresh crust rocks and mature mare soil.
TMC uses Linear Active Pixel Sensor (APS) detector with in-built digitizer. Single refractive optics will cover the total field of view for the three detectors. The output of the detector will be in digitized form. The optics is designed as a single unit catering to the wide field of view (FOV) requirement in the direction along the ground track. The incident beams from the fore (+25°) and aft (-25°) directions are directed on to the focusing optics, using mirrors. Modular camera electronics for each detector is custom designed for the system requirements using FPGA. The expected data rate is of the order of 50 Mbps. The dimension of TMC payload is 370 mm x 220 mm x 414 mm and mass is 6.3 kg.