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Kaguya impact approach strip
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- Title Kaguya impact approach strip
- Released 15/06/2009 2:34 pm
- Copyright ESA/SMART-1/Space-X (Space Exploration Institute), Image mosaic: ESA (B. Grieger and B. Foing)
These SMART-1 images show a 133-km wide strip (60°S to 68°S) as seen from above the expected impact point. The Kaguya impact site (80.4°E 65.5°S) is indicated by the circle in the centre.
These images were taken early on in SMART-1’s mission in January 2005, from a distance of about 1000 km, with the Sun shining from the West. Later on in the mission, the satellite operated from a distance of 300 km from the south pole, obtaining higher resolution views.