The Korean Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) has published a series of images taken by the Danuri probe in selenocentric orbit. They demonstrate the landing sites of the Apollo 11 and Apollo 17 expeditions.
Danuri photographed the landing site of Apollo 11 twice. This happened on March 30 and May 10, 2023. The first picture was taken when the landing site was well illuminated by the Sun. You can see a bright dot corresponding to the lunar module on it.
The second picture was taken on May 10. At the time of the capture, the Sun was already setting over the Mare Tranquillitatis and all the elevated areas of the surface cast long shadows. If you look closely, you can also see the shadow of the lunar module in the photo.
The third picture was taken on March 30. You can see the lunar module of the Apollo 17 expedition on it, as well as the track left by the rover, on which astronauts Gene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt moved in 1972.
The fourth picture is dated September 15. Our planet is depicted on it.
Danuri became the first South Korean spacecraft to enter interplanetary space. It has been studying the moon since December of last year. One of the most important tools of the probe is the ShadowCam camera. Thanks to it, the probe took the first ever photographs of the craters never illuminated by the Sun at the South Pole of the moon.
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