Last updated: February 16, 2019 10:09
This view was close to the smallest possible pixel size in NASA's current LRO orbit.
(Web Desk) – The US space agency NASA claimed on Friday that its lunar orbit has conquered the landing pad of Chinese lunar probe Chang'e-4 for the third time, this time with higher resolution.
According to NASA, on 1 February the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) passed over the landing site of the Chinese lunar probe, which had a 0.85 meter image of the lander and the Yutu-2 rover or the Jade Rabbit 2 out made an attitude of 82 kilometers.
This view was close to the smallest possible pixel size in the current LRO orbit.
NASA said the Rover was located 29 meters northwest of the lander, but the Rover had probably shifted since the image was received.
The space agency said the LRO would continue mapping the location in changing light conditions and rover roves.
Earlier on the 30th and 31st of January, the LRO landed the landing site for the first and second time, but both were at an oblique angle, according to NASA.
Chang & # 39; e-4 settled on a relatively small mare-basalt deposit. NASA hoped that the Chinese probe, with its visible near-infrared spectrometer, could find out the composition of the Farside basalts.
The Chinese Chang & # 39; e-4 probe, launched on December 8, 2018, landed on the Von Karman crater in the South Pole. Aitken Basin on the other side of the moon on 3 January.
NASA announced last month to work with Chinese space agencies to observe a signature of the landing flag of Chang'e-4's lunar landing craft.