NASA’s Lunar Orbiter Snaps Images of Chang’e 4 Landing Site on the Far Side of the Moon
In a historic landing, China became the first nation to successfully land a spacecraft (Chang’e 4) on the far side of the moon on January 3.Advertisement
Ever since touching down on the far side of the moon the lander, as well as the Yutu-2 rover has been sending back images and scientific data to mission specialists on Earth.
However, all the images they’ve been sending were from Chang’es own point of view.
Now, NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has spotted (for the first time) the lander sitting tight in its landing site inside the lunar Von Kármán crater, on the far side of the moon.
The lander is extremly hard to spot in the images published by NASA.Advertisement
In fact, as noted by scientists, the first ‘external’ view of the Chang’e 4 lander makes up only two pixels in the long-range shot.
The MRO was traveling the moon at 330 kilometers from the landing site when it took the image.
To better spot the Chinese lander, NASA has annotated the photo with arrows in an effort to help viewers better spot it.