Friday, February 10, 2012

China Unveils Best Moon Map Yet from Lunar Orbiter

Date: 10 February 2012 Time: 11:04 AM ET
Chang'e 2's Full Moon Image Unveiling
Chang'e 2's new full moon image is unveiled.
CREDIT: China Ministry of National Defense/Liberation Army Daily/Zhang Xiaoqi
China's space agency released an amazingly detailed map of the moon this week, marking the best view yet of the lunar surface as seen by a Chinese spacecraft, according to state officials.
The new moon map is made up of many high-resolution photos snapped by China's second lunar probe — the Chang'e 2 orbiter — and stitched together into complete view. China's State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense revealed the moon map during a ceremony on Monday (Feb. 6), and the country's Ministry of National Defense posted the photos on the Web.



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