This week CNSA released enough imagery for photostitch enthusiasts to create a panorama.
image credit: CNSA/Chinanews/Universe Today
A rather lovely interactive 360° rendering by Andrew Bodrov is here.
Richard Hoagland and Mike Bara must have spat coffee all over their computer screens when they saw this, the poor dears. Not only are there no glass towers, condos, or satellite dishes in sight, but -- DAMMIT!!! -- the wily Chinese have toed the NASA party line and depicted the lunar surface as dull brownish gray.
When Mike Bara put up that disastrous video on Youtube showing how the red stripe on 'Data's Head' was made, he said this:
"...the actual real colors of the Moon are significantly brighter, significantly more contrasty, significantly more interesting than NASA would have you believe."
He showed us what he meant:
image credit: NASA, corrupted by Mike Bara
That was also included as artwork in his horrible book Ancient Aliens on the Moon. The giveaways are the wheelguards on the Lunar Rover. They're nothing like that bright scarlet in reality.
So what are Hoagland & Bara going to say now? Anything other than "Sorry, we were wrong," judging on past performance. It'll either be "CNSA is in cahoots with NASA to lie about lunar colors" or "Just because that one particular place is colorless, doesn't mean the whole Moon is."