NASA Probe Captured an Object on the Surface of the Moon


It seems that after looking at only one side of the moon for millennia, we cannot stop focusing on the unfamiliar views on the other side. NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has created detailed maps of the far side of the Moon over many years. And now, in its latest released image, it reveals that it captured the first photo of the Chinese module Chang'e-4.

Chang'e-4, of the Chinese Space Agency, landed on the hidden side of the moon last month to study this region of our satellite in more detail. The image was recorded when the LRO was 330 kilometers above the Chinese probe. The tiny dot is just a 2-pixel wide particle between the spectacular craters.

The largest crater in the center of the complete image (see below) is 3.9 km in diameter and 0.6 km deep. At the back of the image is the edge of Von Kármán's crater, which rises more than 3 kilometers above the ground where Chang'e-4 and his rover companion, Yutu-2 are currently. It is still 186 kilometers in diameter and is located inside yet another crater with about 2,500 kilometers.


The Chinese mission plans to determine the age and composition of the region, study the cosmic rays on the other side of the moon and even conduct astronomical radio observations. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, on the other hand, is now entering its 10th year of operation. It was released in June 2009 and provided some of the most incredible high resolution images of our natural satellite. [ IFLS ]