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Originally posted by Jimbowsk
I know some images were received by the SMART-1 probe, but wasn't the intention to get a picture of the flag/landing site a small part of the project too in order to quieten us theorists about the possibility of a faked moon landing?
Originally posted by jra
Nope, it didn't have the magnification for that.
It's main missions was to test out some new technologies like it's solar power ion engine. The secondary goals were mapping the Moon's surface and composition with x-ray and infrared imaging. Stuff like that.
It did photograph the area where Apollo 11 landed, but you can't see of the stuff that was left there, again, due to the lack of magnification. NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) will map the Moon in .5meter/pixel resolution when it's launched in 2008. That will be able to see the Apollo landing sites.