China lunar probe sheds light on the 'dark' side of the moon

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  • Freiheit Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 4, 2019 9:50 a.m.

    Flashback: It sounds like you're angling to join the group that thinks the US moon landing was filmed on a back lot in Hollywood. The technology is fairly routine now, why would China have to fake it?

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Jan. 4, 2019 8:49 a.m.

    Hey Helmsman- I understand very well having lived through the entire US space program. I also used to work in a profession where radios were used all the time and line of sight was very important. I had not heard they were orbiting a satellite. That would be the only way to get it done. But I still think this is bogus.

  • The Great Helmsman Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 3, 2019 4:03 p.m.

    @Flashback - Kearns, UT

    “Question that I have, since radio signals are line of sight, how are they beaming pictures from the back side of the moon? Isn't the moon in the way? Or do they have a satellite orbiting that can beam the signals past the moon?

    I think the Chinese are making this up.”

    Just because YOU don’t understand something doesn’t mean it’s made up. You already answered your question. They are sending pictures back to Earth with the help of a relay satellite. Named Queqiao the satellite has been orbiting the lunar region since June 2018.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Jan. 3, 2019 11:51 a.m.

    Question that I have, since radio signals are line of sight, how are they beaming pictures from the back side of the moon? Isn't the moon in the way? Or do they have a satellite orbiting that can beam the signals past the moon?

    I think the Chinese are making this up.

  • GingerMarshall Brooklyn, OH
    Jan. 3, 2019 11:18 a.m.

    There is no dark side in the moon really.

    Matter of fact it's all dark.

  • worf McAllen, TX
    Jan. 3, 2019 11:03 a.m.

    Just wait til countries expand the use of spacecrafts to increase military capability.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Jan. 3, 2019 10:37 a.m.

    Sounds like a good time to break out some Pink Floyd vinyl.