Oh hi there! The white arrows indicate the position of the Chang’e-4 lander.NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University

When humanity’s space-based robotic ambassadors take photographs of each other, it fills me with such an overwhelming sense of optimism. Sure, it’s a bit of fun, but there’s something decidedly more profound about such shenanigans. When two metallic contraptions sent out there into the cold wave to each other before going back to the indisputably noble pursuit of planetary science, it highlights our species’ ingenuity in such a simple, elegant manner.

The latest addition to this exhilarating game of cosmic hide-and-seek is China’s Chang’e-4 lander, currently sneaking around on the Moon’s far side within the Von Kármán crater, and NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). As reported by a recent blog post, the LRO – which has been hanging out in a lunar orbit for a decade now – spotted Chang’e-4 on January 30th, and it took an utterly jaw-dropping shot of its landing site.

To LRO, zooming around high above the lunar surface, the car-sized Chang’e-4 lander is pretty much indistinguishable from the desolation around it. In fact, it’s just two pixels across in this shot. To give you a better sense of scale, the crater you can see just to the left of the rover is 3,900 metres (12,800 feet) across, and 600 metres (1,970 feet) deep.

Without the aid of those white arrows, you’d probably never be able to spot it. If you click here, you can see a 141MB, full-resolution, zoomable shot of the Chinese robot’s landing site to really grasp how minuscule it is in the grand scheme of things.

Adorable.NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University

The Von Kármán crater, in which the lander resides, is 186 kilometres (116 miles) across, but even that’s a pipsqueak compared to the crater that this pit itself sits in: the South Pole-Aitken basin, a truly colossal and ancient impact scar, is a staggering 2,500 kilometres (1,550 miles) across, and 8 kilometres (5 miles) deep. Forget landers: you could fit 6,250 New York Cities inside that gargantuan crater.

The Chang’e-4 rover, as seen from Yutu-2.CNSA

Recently, Chang’e-4 sent the very first panorama of the surface of the far side of the Moon back to us, and people were quite rightly blown away. There’s nothing quite like seeing an alien landscape from such a human-comparable perspective. Saying that, realising how small we all are when two space robots salute each other like this is a whole different kettle of perspective-transforming fish.

Stay tuned: after handling the unbelievably chilly temperatures of the lunar far side’s night-time with aplomb, Chang’e-4, and its rover, Yutu-2, are now getting started on their lunar science mission. Expect some pretty cool data, and more evocative imagery, to come our way soon.

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The most recent addition to this exciting video game of cosmic hide-and-seek is China’s Chang’ e-4 lander, presently slipping around on the Moon’s far side within the Von Kármán crater, and NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter(LRO). As reported by a current article, the LRO– which has actually been hanging out in a lunar orbit for a years now– spotted Chang’ e-4 on January 30 th, and it took an entirely jaw-dropping shot of its landing website.

To LRO, zooming around high above the lunar surface area, the car-sized Chang’ e-4 lander is practically equivalent from the desolation around it. In reality, it’s simply 2 pixels throughout in this shot. To provide you a much better sense of scale, the crater you can see simply to the left of the rover is 3,900 metres (12,800 feet) throughout, and 600 metres (1,970 feet) deep.

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Without the help of those white arrows, you ‘d most likely never ever have the ability to identify it. If you click on this link, you can see a 141 MB, full-resolution, zoomable shot of the Chinese robotic’s landing website to truly understand how small it remains in the grand plan of things.

Charming. NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University

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The Chang’ e-4 rover, as seen from Yutu-2. CNSA

Just Recently, Chang’ e-4 sent out the extremely first panorama of the surface area of the far side of the Moon back to us, and individuals were rather appropriately blown away. There’s absolutely nothing rather like seeing an alien landscape from such a human-comparable viewpoint. Stating that, understanding how little all of us are when 2 area robotics salute each other like this is an entire various kettle of perspective-transforming fish.

Stay tuned: after managing the amazingly cold temperature levels of the lunar far side’s night-time with aplomb, Chang’ e-4, and its rover, Yutu-2, are now getting going on their lunar science objective. Anticipate some quite cool information, and more expressive images, to come our method quickly.

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Oh hi there! The white arrows show the position of the Chang ‘e-4 lander. NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University

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When mankind’s space-based robotic ambassadors take photos of each other, it fills me with such a frustrating sense of optimism. Sure, it’s a little bit of enjoyable, however there’s something extremely more extensive about such shenanigans. When 2 metal gizmos sent there into the cold wave to each other prior to returning to the indisputably worthy pursuit of planetary science, it highlights our types’ resourcefulness in such an easy, stylish way.

The most recent addition to this exciting video game of cosmic hide-and-seek is China’s Chang ‘e-4 lander, presently slipping around on the Moon’s far side within the Von Kármán crater, and NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). As reported by a current article , the LRO– which has actually been hanging out in a lunar orbit for a years now– spotted Chang ‘e-4 on January 30 th , and it took an entirely jaw-dropping shot of its landing website.

To LRO, zooming around high above the lunar surface area , the car-sized Chang ‘e-4 lander is practically equivalent from the desolation around it. In reality, it’s simply 2 pixels throughout in this shot. To provide you a much better sense of scale, the crater you can see simply to the left of the rover is 3, 900 metres (12, 800 feet) throughout, and 600 metres (1, 970 feet) deep.

Without the help of those white arrows, you ‘d most likely never ever have the ability to identify it. If you click on this link , you can see a 141 MB, full-resolution, zoomable shot of the Chinese robotic’s landing website to truly understand how small it remains in the grand plan of things.

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Charming. NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University

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The Von Kármán crater, in which the lander lives, is 186 kilometres (116 miles) throughout, however even that’s a pipsqueak compared to the crater that this pit itself beings in: the South Pole-Aitken basin , a genuinely gigantic and ancient effect scar, is an incredible 2, 500 kilometres (1, 550 miles) throughout, and 8 kilometres (5 miles) deep. Forget landers: you might fit 6, 250 New York City Cities inside that giant crater.

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The Chang ‘e-4 rover, as seen from Yutu-2. CNSA

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Just Recently, Chang ‘e-4 sent out the extremely first panorama of the surface area of the far side of the Moon back to us, and individuals were rather appropriately blown away. There’s absolutely nothing rather like seeing an alien landscape from such a human-comparable viewpoint. Stating that, understanding how little all of us are when 2 area robotics salute each other like this is an entire various kettle of perspective-transforming fish.

Stay tuned: after managing the amazingly cold temperature levels of the lunar far side’s night-time with aplomb , Chang ‘e-4, and its rover, Yutu-2, are now getting going on their lunar science objective. Anticipate some quite cool information, and more expressive images, to come our method quickly.

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