China’s or­biter gets close-up pic­tures of the Moon

China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI -

China ob­tained de­tailed im­ages of a planned Moon land­ing site on Wed­nes­day, where a fu­ture Chang’e-5 mis­sion is ex­pected to con­duct a soft land­ing and col­lect sam­ples.

The pic­tures, with a res­o­lu­tion of 1 me­ter, were cap­tured by an or­bit­ing ser­vice mod­ule put in place by the coun­try’s re­turned un­manned lu­nar or­biter launched in Oc­to­ber last year, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment by the State Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Science, Tech­nol­ogy and In­dus­try for Na­tional De­fence (SASTIND).

The SASTIND said the pic­tures were taken at a point 30 km from the Moon be­tween Sun­day and Wed­nes­day.

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