Sunday, December 15, 2013

Chang'e-3 Landing Site in Mare Imbrium

Chang'e-3 Landing Site
Landing Site of the Chang'e-3 lunar lander located and marked at the center of a full (1.58 meters per pixel) resolution, 916 meter-wide field of view of the surface of Mare Imbrium. The preliminary official landing site was 44.12°N, 19.51°W, though the location marked was matched with sequential still video returned to Earth by Chang'e-3 during its landing sequence. LROC NAC mosaic M183661683RL, orbit 12162, February 12, 2012; angle of incidence 54.12° from 159.26 kilometers [NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University].
Chang'e-3 Landing Site matched with LROC NAC imagery
3.16 km-wide field of view (2000 x 2000 px.), HERE.
Chang'e-3 Landing Site matched with LROC NAC imagery
6.32 km-wide field of view (4000 x 4000 px.), HERE.

See a second LROC NAC observation of the Chang'e-3 landing site, of slightly better resolution, HERE.

1 comment:

Onebigmonkey said...

I used the LRO quickmap page (better contrast), re-oriented the first frame of the landing gif and got this:

I think the lander is heading towards the most obvious crater with the rocks on the southern rim.