Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spots landing site of China’s Chang’e-4

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has obtained a new image of the lunar surface. The Chang’e-4 lander and its desert-like surroundings are visible in the image.
© NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University
China’s Chang’e-4 approached the far side of the Moon at the beginning of January and touched down in the Von Kármán crater. The huge impact crater with a diameter of 186 kilometers formed 3.9 billion years ago.
Last week, on January 30, NASA’s LRO approached the landing site from the east, capturing the lunar surface from a distance of 330 kilometers. In the image, Chang’e-4 looks like a tiny white dot, while the mission’s rover named Yutu 2 (Jade Rabbit 2) is so small that it cannot be seen.
According to NASA, the crater behind the landing site is about 4 kilometers wide and 600 meters deep. In the background, you can see the west wall of the Von Kármán crater rising more than 3,000 meters above the floor.
The enlarged image shows the scene in more detail, including the crater (right and below arrows), which is about 440 meters wide.
© NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University


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