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LRO Views Chang'e Lunar Rover Landing Site

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NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Views Chang'e Lunar Rover Landing Site

Chang'e 3 landed on the moon's Mare Imbrium (Sea of Rains), on Dec. 14, 2013. The LROC instrument aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has now imaged the Chinese lander and rover three times: Dec. 25, 2013 (M1142582775R), Jan. 21, 2014 (M1144936321L), and Feb. 17, 2014 (M1147290066R). From month-to-month the solar incidence angle decreased steadily from 77 degrees to 45 degrees (incidence angle at sunset is 90 degrees); due to the latitude of the site (44.1214 degrees north, 340.4884 degrees east, -2,630 meters elevation) the incidence angle cannot get much smaller. Solar incidence angle is a measure of the sun above the horizon; at noon on the equator the sun is overhead and the incidence angle is zero degrees, at dawn or dusk the incidence angle is 90 degrees.

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Cool! :)

Good eye. :tu:

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You realize none of the conspiracy guys will believe a word of this, right?

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