LROC’s View of Sinus Iridum

LROC's look at the area of Sinus Iridum. Click for larger. Credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University

LROC’s look at the area of Sinus Iridum. Click for larger. Credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University

LROC gives us this view of the Sinus Iridum and the general area. China is planning on putting a lander in this region and have just successfully put the spacecraft carrying their rover in lunar orbit to do just that.

The Chang’e-3 entered a 100 km high circular orbit on Friday after a braking by a variable thrust engine of 361 seconds.

Speculation is the Chang’e 3 will be in the area of the crater Laplace A in the center of the picture. The area has been visitied by a rover before, the arrow in the lower left shows where the Soviet Lunokhod 1 landed. The Lunokhod 1 landed on 17 November 1970 and operated until contact was lost on 14 September 1971.

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