SHANGHAI, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- Scientists and astronomy
enthusiasts all over the country all have access to data sent back from China's
first lunar orbiter Chang'e-I, a leading scientist in the program said here
Ouyang Ziyuan, academician of the Chinese Academy of
Sciences (CAS) and chief scientist of the lunar exploration program, said at
present the scientific instruments on board Chang'e-1 have all gone into
operation and the satellite is sending back 3 trillion of data per second. The
total data volume will reach 28 T (1 T is equivalent to 1,000 G) next year.
"The money used for the Chang'e project comes from
the taxpayers and, therefore, the data should also be made public. Any scientist
or astronomy lover can apply to the state in accordance with certain procedures
to obtain data he needs," Ouyang said.
He also refuted rumors spread by some Chinese
netizens that the first image sent back by Chang'e-I "copied the picture from
the United States".
"Because China and the United States took the images
in the same region, it's natural the two pictures look alike. But through
careful observation you will see there are some nuances," he said.
He further explained that scientist have already
learned a lot of information from the first image. "We can see many craters on
the lunar surface, some are of bowl's shape, some are center conical pits, and
most of all, there are multi-loop pits. These craters show that the moon has
experienced different disasters."
China published the first picture of the moon
captured by Chang'e-1 last Monday, marking the success of the country's first
lunar probe project. The image showed a rough moon surface with scattered round
craters both big and small.