Thursday, July 22, 2010

Chang’e I research reported published

An extra sharp high-altitude photograph of Rima Sharp, at the 'narrows' junction of Oceanus Procellarum and Mare Frigoris (46.7°N, 349.5°E) swept up by Chang'e-1 (2008), China's first lunar orbiter [CNSA].

NLSI (Staff) - The scientific research achievements of China’s circumlunar satellite Chang’e I have now been published, China National Radio’s website reports.

Ouyang Ziyuan, chief scientist of the lunar exploration program, disclosed that 1.37TB of data was captured by Chang’e 1 during its operation from October 24, 2007 to March 1, 2009. Following processing, analysis and study, 2.76TB of data products have been obtained.

The scientific research achievements include a full moon picture, a full moon digital elevation model and the 3D moon topographic map with high resolution and precision.

The satellite also captured data on the distribution of various chemical and mineral elements on the moon, the distribution of microwave radiation temperatures on the lunar surface and data of near-lunar space high-energy particles and solar ions.

Research work on Chang’e 1 also contributed to the preliminary establishment of the country’s standard system on moon exploration and scientific data processing, said Ouyang Ziyuan.

Early global lunar photomosaic of Chang'e-1 surveys, released by the Chinese National Space Agency [CNSA].

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