Moon Photos by China's Chang'e 2 Lunar Orbiter (Gallery)

Chang'e 2 Spacecraft's Full Moon Map

China Ministry of National Defense/Liberation Army Daily/Zhang Xiaoqi

This complete high-resolution map of the moon taken by China's Chang'e 2 lunar orbiter was unveiled on Feb. 6, 2012.

China's Chang'e 2 Moon Probe

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An artist's illustration of China's Chang'e moon probes, which are named after a goddess from Chinese mythology. China has launched two lunar orbiters to the moon (Chang'e 1 and Chang'e 2).

Chang'e 2's Full Moon Image Unveiling

China Ministry of National Defense/Liberation Army Daily/Zhang Xiaoqi

Chang'e 2's new full moon image is unveiled.

Chang'e 2 Spacecraft's Moon Image and Calligraphy

China Ministry of National Defense/Liberation Army Daily/Zhang Xiaoqi

CPPCC National Committee members hold up a sign inscribed with the famous calligrapher Ouyang's characters representing "the moon."

Chang'e 2 Spacecraft's Orthographic Projection Moon Diagram.

China Ministry of National Defense/Liberation Army Daily/Zhang Xiaoqi

Chang'e 2 spacecraft's orthographic projection diagram of the full moon.

Chang'e 2 Spacecraft's Cylindrical Projection Moon Map

China Ministry of National Defense/Liberation Army Daily/Zhang Xiaoqi

Chang'e 2 spacecraft's cylindrical projection map of the full moon.

Chang'e 2 Spacecraft's New Moon Image with News Crew

China Ministry of National Defense/Liberation Army Daily/Zhang Xiaoqi

CCTV reporters at the scene reported on Chang'e 2's new moon image.

Progress of China's Chang'e 2 Moon Probe

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This graphic from the China Lunar Exploration Program shows the progress of China's Chang'e 2 moon probe from its lunar orbit out to the L2 Lagrange point 1.5 million km from Earth.

Chang'e 2 Orbiter's Image of the Bay of Rainbows

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China's Chang'e 2 orbiter captured detailed imagery of the Bay of Rainbows, the proposed landing site for the country's first lunar lander.

China Unveils First Moon Photos From New Lunar Orbiter

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This photo, taken by China's Chang'e 2 lunar probe in October 2010, shows a crater in the moon's Bay of Rainbows. The image is one of the first released to the public by China's space agency.

China's Chang'e 2 Lifts Off

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A Chinese Long March 3C rocket launches the unmanned Chang'e 2 lunar probe toward the moon on Oct. 1, 2010 from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center.

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