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The Chinese rover has awakened and taken a picture of the lander (he's mirrored next to the flag):

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I'm astonished by the whitish stones looking out of the regolith. Don't remember anything similar on the other face.

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Perhaps it comes down to better camera technology?
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sparks wrote:
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Perhaps it comes down to better camera technology?
Concur

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Isn't there supposed to be a significant difference in geology between the two sides?
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Abdul Alhazred wrote:
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Isn't there supposed to be a significant difference in geology between the two sides?
yea

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https://slate.com/technology/2014/07/th ... erent.html

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I wonder what that green thing is in the upper left quadrant. A galaxy?
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sparks wrote:
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Perhaps it comes down to better camera technology?
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Hmmm...

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Where are the whitish stones? A matter of light direction?

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Spectacular.

And faked.
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faked.
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Double down.

Sorry.

No fucking camera ever made could take that video as ... given.
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Okay, I'll be happy to learn – as you made the claim. Or are you just pulling my leg?

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Once again, I offer no proof as I didn't make the claim. You did.

Now then, you and I have both looked through telescopes at distant objects (excluding Doc X's Mom of course) and we both know how difficult it is to take a decent picture of even so close an object as the Moon. To get a shot of Saturn 'rising' with the brightness of the Moon in the foreground is just too damned ridiculous to contemplate.

I remain skeptical unless and until you offer the appropriate evidences.

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Ah, OK, I understand your skepticism now.

I'll try to locate the source of the GIF.

Meanwhile, some facts:

Moon albedo ~ 0.12 (the Moon is roughly the color of coal)
Saturn albedo ~ 0.5
Saturn/Earth solar irradiation ratio ~ 0.011

0.12/(0.5*0.011) ~ 22

So the Moon's surface is 22 times brighter than Saturn's (at most, depending on the angle of the sunlight to the Moon's surface), or 4 to 5 stops in photographic parlance. Any camera can manage that.

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I bow to your superior photographic expertise.

And just as soon as you reproduce that shot yourself, you let us all know, Umkay?
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