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Amazing new moon video

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  • Started 7 years ago by geoffhart1962
  • Latest reply from Mark Pontin

  1. geoffhart1962


    If you don't have time to watch the whole thing, skip ahead to 6:15 or so and watch the next couple minutes. Wow.

    Posted 7 years ago #
  2. Greg

    The those little traces that we've left behind on the lunar surface are a haunting question mark at this point, aren't they?

    The soundtrack was a very good choice.

    Posted 7 years ago #
  3. Marian

    The Moon is interesting enough to have its own thread like this one started by Greg six years ago. Here's an interesting observation from Phil Plait (Bad Astronomy)

    Posted 7 months ago #
  4. Marian

    China makes history with first landing on the dark side

    Posted 7 months ago #
  5. Mark Pontin

    Some cultural background --

    'Today at 2:26 utc the lunar lander module Chang'e-4 and its six wheel rover Yutu-2 landed on the far side of the moon. They used the Queqiao relay satellite to send us the first ever close range pictures (see below) of the far side of the moon.

    'The names Chang'e, Yutu and Quegiao have no meaning for people who grew up in 'western' cultures but are well known throughout Asia:

    'In a very distant past, ten suns had risen together into the skies and scorched the earth, thus causing hardship for the people. The archer Yi shot down nine of them, leaving just one sun, and was given the elixir of immortality as a reward. He did not consume it straight away, but hid it at home, as he did not want to gain immortality without his beloved wife Chang'e. However, while Yi went out hunting, his apprentice Fengmeng broke into his house and tried to force Chang'e to give him the elixir; she refused and drank it herself. Chang'e then flew upwards towards the heavens, choosing the moon as residence. Yi discovered what had transpired and felt sad, so he displayed the fruits and cakes that Chang'e had liked, and gave sacrifices to her.
    'On mid-autumn day, the full moon night of the eighth lunar month, an open-air altar is set up facing the moon for the worship of Chang'e ....'

    More via link above

    Posted 7 months ago #

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