More Faked Chinese Moon Mission Photos?
By Ted Twietmeyer
Recently on a national radio show, Richard Hoagland revealed that his dome on the Moon has been vindicated in a photograph by China's Moon mission. It was claimed that vertical panels of the dome appeared when China's Moon lander image was “equalized.” A photo from China's Moon rover website was used as the source image. Image used copied from a Chinese military website which handles the Chinese Moon mission. Image also uses JPEG image compression. I will not engage in a critique about whether or not a dome is present.
Image sharpening (equalization) is a tricky process. Image scientists will tell you that manipulating JPEG images with sharpening or enhancement software tools can easily introduce artifacts. For live motion images, scientists use non-compression bit-map recording with formats like AVI.
For still images scientists use bit map images, not JPEG. Even though there is supposedly a “loss-less” level of JPEG compression, most scientists refuse to use it whenever possible
Few alterations can be performed on a JPEG image without creating unwanted artifacts.
Several months ago I examined photos released by China's Moon mission control and found something unexpected. Chinese Moon mission photos did *not * even remotely pass tests for authenticity. In fact, photos clearly appear to photographed on a stage somewhere on Earth. It was at this time China's space agency announced those photos would be the final Moon mission photos released to the public. No reason was been given for secrecy at the time.
Below is a unaltered image of China's Moon rover from China's military website :
Yellow arrows Landing engine thrusters pointing straight down.
Red circles Areas where downward thrust gases should have disturbed soil and created small craters. It appears soil in the above location must be loose and granular. This is visible around the outside edges of the lander pad (near foreground green arrow.)
Green arrows - No soil or dust appears to be present on top of pads. Top of pads appear to be completely free of soil and dust. Under the center of the vehicle is the outline of a large circular thruster. No crater or displaced soil is visible under that engine bell.
What can we conclude from this photo? This lander sits on a stage or set, perhaps put there using a crane or winch. This is clearly not on the Moon. Lunar surface soil is completely undisturbed under and around the lander, except where landing pads contact the surface. Why would China go to such great lengths to release staged lander and rover images?
Here are some possible reasons:
Perhaps one or more of the above reasons is why China's military is running this Moon mission to keep sensitive, embarrassing disasters a secret.
1] Image sources: http://chn.chinamil.com.cn/jwjj/2013-12/22/content_5701132.htm
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