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China Moon Lander Final Images Faked?

By Ted Twietmeyer
1-26-14

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It seemed to be time to ask the question: WHY are the recent photos released by China from their rover, stated by China as the last photos we will ever see? This made no sense.

A man named Andrew Bodrov put together a excellent 360 panorama released by China. He has done such a excellent job with image stitching that no visible artifacts are present at any zoom level. As I reviewed this panorama several things jumped off the screen. This article will review these items.

Note that no image processing was used in any of the following images, except to crop images to fit in this article. Enlargements were produced using the panoramic viewer on the website. Whenever possible, a portion of the China lander is included at the bottom of the image to help with scale.

Let us begin with a overview image which includes a view of Earth seen at the top. Tracks from the rover are clearly visible here:


Fig. 1 Overview


Fig. 2 Earth

Is Fig. 2 really showing the Earth? What are the two square objects? If these objects were produced by pixelation, then why are these not visible elsewhere? Note the bottom square the white area opened up around it. Yet the circular edges of the Earth show very fine pixel detail. Continents do not look right. American astronauts have proven Earth appears like a blue marble. Yet in this color photo, Earth is not blue.

POSSIBLE FOOTPRINTS AND TRACKS

Artifacts of human presence appear in released photos:


Fig. 3 Red box in background outlines what appears to be parallel tracks. Yet the rover has not been anywhere near this area. Yellow circles highlight some of the areas that appear to be footprints.

Consider a artificial landscape complete with a dust-covered surface. After this is finished, the lander and the rover would need to be placed on the set. This will leave imprints. Removing the foot imprints is problematic:

  1. Using a rake or broom will leave marks and trails

  2. Adding dust over the footprints leaves them partially filled in, but still visible


Fig. 4 One area around the lander showing almost nothing except rover tire tracks in the soil



Fig. 5 More partially covered impressions in the surface. Many of these resemble footprints. White triangular arrows are mouse activated comment markers added by the creator of the panoramic view.


Fig. 6 Footprint-like impressions in the soil are seen everywhere.

SCOOP IMPRINTS



Fig. 7 Overview of rover and lander. Note tire tracks behind rover (left side of image) clearly showing where the rover has been. Circled - shallow, darkened scoop-like depression with a smaller depression just to the left of it.

Unlike some NASA landers, a scoop-like device is not present in the Chinese lander.



Fig. 8 In figure 7 we established the Chinese rover has been nowhere near this above area. Five vertical teeth marks from a scoop-like tool are visible in the larger depression. More teeth marks are present in the small depression in the soil, visible to the immediate left. Upper left corner shows what may be artifacts from teeth in a rake. Are all these artifacts created by tools used to build the set? If these are image-stitching artifacts we would see them elsewhere.

NEATLY PLACED DIRT PILE


Fig. 9 In the distance we see a perfectly straight line of rock and soil. No structures like this are present in any NASA surface photos.

Was this line of dirt and rock put there?


Fig. 10 Best zoom possible of distant dirt pile in Fig. 9. It looks like a bulldozer pushed it there from behind.


Fig. 11 Continuation of the pile of stone and soil seen in Fig. 10. Left edge of this photo overlaps the right side of Fig. 10.

ARE FOOTPRINTS OPTICAL PANORAMIC IMAGE ARTIFACTS?

To answer this question, it is necessary to find a section of the landscape which has a large round crater-like depression along with nearby footprints:


Fig. 12 Circular crater-like impression surrounded by foot-print like impressions. This rules out image-stretching creating footprints.

Why would such a terribly constructed set be used to simulate a Chinese Moon landing? At least one theory can answer that question - their Moon landing was a failure. To keep face, photos released by China of the Moon landing are photos taken on a indoor set which was used for simulation and testing. This existence of this landscape was never intended to be released to the public, and there was no time to build a better set.

This would explain the crude non-blue Earth seen in Figure 2, along with many other objects and artifacts seen in all these photos.

Did the Chinese lander actually make it to the Moon without problems? I leave it up to the reader to decide for themselves - and to figure out why China told everyone no more images from their Moon landing would be released.

Ted Twietmeyer

Source images:

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2014/01/moon-panorama-change/

 

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