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[i]Today I will begin dipping down from my usual about 50 km orbit to an orbit that will allow me to image the Apollo sites from about 20 km away! This will allow me to obtain images of the Apollo sites that are about four times sharper than my current best images.
Once I reach my new temporary orbit, I'll take images of and around the Apollo sites between August 14 and 19. After that, I'll return to my 50-km-orbit until December.
(A clarification: my project scientists would like to point out that there are several technical challenges associated with getting improved resolution images at the lower altitude orbit.
Example: I will not slow down from my ~1.6 km/s (~3500 mph) speed when I get closer to the Moon's surface, which might cause some image blurring, particularly for the LROC Narrow Angle Camera images.
However, it will certainly be fun to compare the images from the different orbits!)[/i]
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