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Chang'e 3 Photos: China's 1st Moon Lander & Rover Mission

Yutu Rover Rolls Out

CASC/China Ministry of Defense

The Yutu moon rover is seen on Dec. 22, 2013. On January 10, 2014, the Chinese Academy of Sciences published photographs of the moon and Earth taken by the Chang'e 3 lander and Yutu rover during the period of Dec. 14-26, 2013. The Chinese spacecraft landed on the moon on Dec. 14, 2013.

Moon 360-Degree Panorama (Color)

CASC/China Ministry of Defense

A 360-degree panorama shows the surroundings of the Chang'e 3 lander on Dec. 17-18, 2013. On January 10, 2014, the Chinese Academy of Sciences published photographs of the moon and Earth taken by the Chang'e 3 lander and Yutu rover during the period of Dec. 14-26, 2013. The Chinese spacecraft landed on the moon on Dec. 14, 2013.

Moon 360-Degree Panorama

CASC/China Ministry of Defense

The Yutu moon rover took this 360-degree panorama on Dec. 23, 2013. On January 10, 2014, the Chinese Academy of Sciences published photographs of the moon and Earth taken by the Chang'e 3 lander and Yutu rover during the period of Dec. 14-26, 2013. The Chinese spacecraft landed on the moon on Dec. 14, 2013.

Lunar Surface Seen by Chang'e 3 Lander

CASC/China Ministry of Defense

The lunar surface is seen by the Chang'e 3 lander on Dec. 18, 2013. On January 10, 2014, the Chinese Academy of Sciences published photographs of the moon and Earth taken by the Chang'e 3 lander and Yutu rover during the period of Dec. 14-26, 2013. The Chinese spacecraft landed on the moon on Dec. 14, 2013.

One of the First Test Images by Chang'e 3 Lander

CASC/China Ministry of Defense

This image is one of the first taken after landing by the Chang'e 3 moon lander on Dec. 15, 2013. On January 10, 2014, the Chinese Academy of Sciences published photographs of the moon and Earth taken by the Chang'e 3 lander and Yutu rover during the period of Dec. 14-26, 2013. The Chinese spacecraft landed on the moon on Dec. 14, 2013.

Moon Surface Seen From 320 Feet (99 Meters)

CASC/China Ministry of Defense

The Chang'e 3 spacecraft took this photograph of the moon's surface from a height of 320 feet (99 meters) before it landed. On January 10, 2014, the Chinese Academy of Sciences published photographs of the moon and Earth taken by the Chang'e 3 lander and Yutu rover during the period of Dec. 14-26, 2013. The Chinese spacecraft landed on the moon on Dec. 14, 2013.

Yutu Rover on Duty

CASC

China's Chang'e 3 lander transmits a look at the Yutu moon rover on duty.

Chang'e 3 Lander

CASC

China's Yutu moon rover snags a shot of its carrier lander.

Yutu Rover Carries APXS

IHEP

China's Yutu rover carries the Active Particle-induced X-ray Spectrometer (APXS), taking its first X-ray fluorescence spectrum of the lunar regolith around the Chang'e 3 landing site on December 25, 2013.

China's Chang'e 3 On the Moon: Touchdown

CNTV

This photo from China's Chang'e 3 lunar lander shows the landing site terrain on the moon after a successful Dec. 14, 2013 landing. This image was beamed live to Earth and broadcast by the state-run CNTV news channel. Chang'e 3 delivered the Yutu rover to the moon with its successful landing. [China Lands On Moon: Read the Full Story Here]

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