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Teamwork! That’s what it took…

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter caught a glimpse of the space agency’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft.

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) required extremely precise timing, worked out by the LADEE, LROC, and LRO operations teams.

LADEE is in an equatorial orbit (east-to-west) while LRO is in a polar orbit (south-to-north).

“By happenstance the two spacecraft are occasionally very close. On January 15 the two came within 9 km of each other,” said LROC leader, Mark Robinson at Arizona State University.

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