China made headlines at the beginning of January when it’s Chang’e-4 landed on the far side of the moon. State-run media outlet China Daily said at the time: “China’s Chang’e-4 landed on the moon’s far side, inaugurating a new chapter in mankind’s lunar exploration history.” But other than a few scarce announcements here and there, China has been typically secretive about the mission, keeping a lot of information under wraps.
The nation’s decision not to be transparent coupled with a recent finding in an image has some convinced that China faked the entire mission.
This was because a white line was spotted in front of the rover in one of the images, which some have concluded is a “stage prop line”, which authorities failed to remove.
Prominent UFO hunter Scott C Waring also says there is a lack of moon rocks in the images, which suggests the Chinese are not on the lunar satellite.
Mr Waring wrote for his blog UFO Sightings Daily: “I instantly noticed a stage prop line for placement of the rover in the photo!
“That’s right, someone mistakenly placed a line in front of the rover and forgot to erase it. Or they should have made the line much smaller.
“This screams staged event all together.
“Sure I could be wrong, but if you look at the original photo you will see that there are no other lines in the entire giant panoramic photo.
“Notice the lack of moon rocks on the entire surface of the moon – a sign of being faked on a stage.”
However, scientists, including those who are not from China, believe the east Asian nation has accomplished the mission.
Dr Carolyn van der Bogert, a planetary geologist at Westfälische Wilhelms University in Münster, Germany, said: “This mission is definitely a significant and important accomplishment in lunar exploration.”
NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research team said: “The lunar farside — that mysterious face of the Moon hidden from Earth – contains a cache of clues about how the Earth formed, how planets evolved, and how volcanic and impact cratering processes reshaped the Solar System.
“The farside of the Moon holds the key to the earliest bombardment of the Earth and whether impact cratering processes were involved in the origin and earliest evolution of life on Earth”