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reply to post by Wolfenz
Saw on the news today about their rover starting to explore.
Chinese scientist said they had to make new optics for the cameras due to the temperature variations on the moon.
It has infra red plus many more different ones fitted to it.
Will be interesting to see what they discover there.
What is the temperature on the Moon? The temperature on the Moon varies from -387 Fahrenheit (-233 Celsius), at night, to 253 Fahrenheit (123 Celsius) during the day. Because the Moon has no atmosphere to block some of the Sun's rays or to help trap heat at night, its temperature varies greatly between day and night.
Congratulations to China.
Wouldn't it be nice if this just became all about science and not just an expansion of unhealthy competition into another arena? If only . . .
Its that hippy crap thats holding us back.
We need to expand and exploit the solar system.
If one day we are going to have colonies on the moon and mars and help solve our resource and popukation problems we need competition and a strong drive.
But why would "Scientists" want to take pictures knowing they wouldn't be showing true colours?
The rocks are less red and have less of a bend in the spectrum at visible wavelengths, indicating less ferric minerals and a more unweathered composition than drift. The intermediate colored soils appear intermediate in the spectral properties as well. The dark red soil at Lamb is darker than drift by about equally as red; the curvature of sppectrum at visible wavelengths indicates either more ferric minerals or a larger particle size.
The strength of the bend, or "kink", in the spectrum is related to the abundance and particle size of specific crustalline, ferric weathering products. In the false color image, the blue areas have a weak kink and are relatively unweathered, whereas the red areas' strong kink indicates an abundance of ferric iron minerals.
will see if they pick up the stars from the moon as well....
Why would you expect the cameras to pick up stars if the exposure is set for viewing the surface?
Is it because being "in space" somehow magically changes the laws of optics?
Was just a thought, you don't need to be so sarcastic
reply to post by scotsdavy1
Now for something really conspiracy worthy ... I don't have the time to check for references but I'm pretty sure they landed in the same bay that the USSR choosed to land their rovers in the 70's. Why? The moon isn't that small ...
reply to post by alfa1
"What does the old Moon look like from 60 miles?" "Essentially gray; no color" -Jim Lovell, Apollo 8 ( history.nasa.gov... )
"Like plaster of paris or a sort of grayish beach sand."
( upload.wikimedia.org... (upload.wikimedia.org...) )
"When I first climbed down the ladder of Apollo 15's lunar module," he talked about the mountains and horizon. And then Irwin talked about colors, "But the real surprise was that the mountains, at first sight, were not grey or brown as I had expected. They were golden. Looking to the south and east, I saw the reflection of the early morning sun glancing off the mountains, especially Hadley Delta, give them a glow of gold."