Monday, December 16, 2013
A great video of the Chang'e 3 landing sequence has just been released:
The hovering part at 5:20 is particularly entertaining.
I'm sure this is not the case in real life, but looking at the video the lunar landscape looks pretty much exactly the same the whole time. Even at six minutes in for example it really isn't possible to tell the size of the craters below - they could be a few cm in diameter, or a few km, and only the progress bar below the video really gives any indication as to how close to the surface the lander is. Much different from the Earth where one begins to make out individual trees and rocks and other familiar landmarks that give a clue as to how high up one is.