Sunday, December 15, 2013

Location of China's Chang'e 3 Lander Jade Rabbit Moon Rover

On Saturday morning, China successfully landed a robotic craft on the lunar surface. It was the first "soft landing" on the moon since 1976. The Chang'e 3 lander touched down near a crater called Laplace A in the Bay of Rainbows (Sinus Iridum) on the northern edge of the Sea of Showers (Mare Imbrium).

Location of Chang'e 3 lander
Location of Chang'e 3 lander that deployed the Jade Rabbit rover on Saturday, December 14, 2013
This is my photo from September 18, 2013


Laplace A crater
Landing location near Laplace A crater. NASA image (public domain) by Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO).
The small arrow to the bottom left of the image above shows the location of the Soviet Lunokhod 1 rover, which was the first rover to land on something other than the Earth. Lunokhod 1 landed in 1970, and now has a new neighbor 43 years later.
Laplace A
Laplace A
Laplace A
Laplace A

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