The full 360-degree panorama taken by the Chang’e 4 lander released on Jan. 10. Click the image for the full-size version. CNSA
It’s the next best thing to being there. Eight days after safely landing on the lunar far side, China’s Chang’e 4 lander took this first panoramic postcard of its landing site in von Kármán Crater. Look around and you’ll see numerous crater pits, hills on the horizon and the Jade Rabbit 2 rover. Interesting thing about the moon’s horizon. Since the moon is only about a quarter the size of the Earth, the horizon is much closer, only about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) away. Here’s what Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin had to say about it:
“On Earth, we have no awareness of the horizon’s curvature. The horizon was much closer than I was used to, and I even felt a bit disoriented.”
This section of the 80-image panorama features the Jade Rabbit rover, its tracks and nearby craters. CNSA
Remember the early, “orange” photos from the landing? The panorama photo has also been color corrected to show the moon’s truer, more neutral color. Compare it to the Apollo photos, and you’ll see how similar they are. 80 ...