From International Herald Tribune :
BEIJING: China’s space program has defended a photo of the moon’s surface taken by its lunar probe as authentic, dismissing critics who suggested it had been copied from a similar image captured by a U.S. orbiter.
China last week presented the first picture taken by its Chang’e 1 lunar probe at a gala ceremony attended by Premier Wen Jiabao, part of the ruling Communist Party’s program of using the space program to instill national pride.
However, critics posting on Chinese-language Internet sites questioned the image’s authenticity, saying it was all but identical to a photo captured by a U.S. lunar orbiter two years ago.
Commentators questioned how the Chinese image were of the exact same spot on the moon, given its size.
I find this intruiging because the Chinese are extremely nationalistic and proud of their space program, almost to every person. Obviously, quite a few think their government is hiding something.
And if the Chinese are using old, touched up NASA photographs, what are they attempting to hide? Did their probe, Chang’e 1, somehow fail? Did it crash? Did it’s communication gear break down?
Or is it because of what Richard Hoagland and Mike Bara have been accusing NASA and the US government of covering up, ancient alien ruins on the lunar surface?
Could that be why, the probe took pictures of ruins?
We and the Chinese people will never get the straight scoop, this will be obfuscated forever. Unless more whistle blowers show up that love the truth better than their lives.