Box indicates Chang’e 5 lander on the basaltic plains of Oceanus Procellarum (“Ocean of Storms”) on December 2, 2020. The lander is the bright spot in the center of the outline. The areas around the lander has been brightened due to the descent engine plume impingement on the surface (similar to what has been observed at other landing sites).
Credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University

 

 

Here is the first look from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance orbiter (LRO) of China’s recent Moon lander – Chang’e-5.

Box indicates China’s  Chang’e-5 lander on the basaltic plains of Oceanus Procellarum (“Ocean of Storms”) on December 2, 2020.

The team supporting the LRO’s super-powerful LROC camera computed the coordinates of the lander to be 43.0576° N, 308.0839°E, –2570 m elevation, with an estimated accuracy of plus-or-minus 20 meters.

The lander is the bright spot in the center of the outline.

The areas around the lander has been brightened due to the descent engine plume residue on the surface which is similar to what has been observed at other landing sites, according to LROC-central at ASU.

Credit: CNSA/CLEP

 

 

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