China recently released a set of “world's highest resolution” lunar images taken by its second moon orbiter, Chang'e-2.
China's State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND) recently published a set of full coverage map of the Moon and its images with a resolution of seven meters captured by Chang'e-2.
The map and images are the world's highest-resolution lunar images ever published that cover all of the moon. The images were photographed by a charge-coupled device (CCD) stereo camera on Chang'e-2 from the heights of 100 km and 15 km over the lunar surface between October 2010 and May 2011. The resolution of the images obtained from Chang'e-2 is 17 times finer than those taken by its predecessor Chang'e-1.
The scientists also made some adjustments to the original data to more accurately reflect the topographic and geomorphologic features of the moon. The scientists have produced 746 moon pictures with the resolution of seven meters, and the total volume of data is about 800 GB.
According to the new road map China plans to launch a third moon mission, Chang'e-3 to deploy rovers to explore the lunar surface besides sending a probe to Mars next year and to Venus by 2015. It is also in the process of setting up its own manned space station and a Global Position System of its own.