China's lunar orbiter captures Earth's images during solar eclipse

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  1. W1YW

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    Its probably cheaper now to go to the moon than to stage it!

    Last edited: Jul 8, 2019
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  2. KA2CZU

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    what tool did you use to achieve this?

    Nice pic!
  3. W1YW

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    Deconvolution : proprietary stuff I had written for me several years back. Plug in for photoshop.

    Color management stuff is pretty standard.

    Thanks for the compliment:)
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  4. W1YW

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  5. WS4E

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    Need to put a repeater on it, and insert it into lunar orbit. :)
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  6. N8HM

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    Well, there is a repeater on board! It's very difficult to use and only one QSO has been achieved through it. See

    LO-94 will decay in a few weeks, but AMSAT, along with our ARISS partners, is planning to bring amateur radio to lunar orbit on Gateway. And, yes, that includes two-way capabilities.
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2019
  7. W6UXB

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    Yes Sir and very proud of it!
  8. KA9Q

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    Think about the geometry. The picture was taken right next to the (round) object casting that (round) shadow, so we're looking directly down-sun. The earth could be a randomly creased piece of paper and the projection of the moon's shadow on it would still be circular (the shape of the moon), as we see it from the moon.
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  9. KA9Q

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    That appears to be AS17-134-20463, taken during Apollo 17. Apollo 11 took two very similar pictures that are among my personal favorites because they, like this one, show the LM's steerable antenna pointing at the earth.

    Apollo 11 happened when I was 12 years old. Not only was I amazed that humans were on the moon for the first time, I was also amazed that we could see and talk with them in real time by radio using surprisingly small antennas (on the spacecraft side) over what seemed like an unfathomably large distance. It's one of the things that got me interested in ham radio, then a career in electrical engineering doing communications R&D...
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  10. W1YW

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    Great times, great memories:)

    Yep. That 17:)

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