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One Spacecraft Observes Another at the Moon

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 10:52 PM


Spacecraft Observes Another Spacecraft at the Moon
This is the first footage of one orbiting robotic spacecraft taken by another orbiting robotic spacecraft at Earth's moon. 'Flow,' one of two satellites making up NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission, captured this video of NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) as it flew by at a distance of about 12 miles (20 kilometers) on May 3, 2012. LRO is the single bright pixel that moves from top left to bottom right. The moon's south polar region is in the background, much of which is in darkness.

This footage was taken by Flow's 'MoonKam' camera.

Image credit: NASA/MIT/JPL/Sally Ride Science

Source: NASA - Multimedia

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