China’s moon lander Chang’e-3 yesterday sent back what are probably some of the best and most clear images of the moon we’ve seen yet since it landed on December 14.
We’ve been ardently following Chang’e-3 and its lunar rover Yutu since they made a soft landing on the moon’s surface Sinus Iridum, or Bay of Rainbows, on December 14 and were successful separated the next morning.
The separation of Yutu from the lander made China the third country in the world to accomplish such a rover mission. The duo made history again the next day when the rover proudly displayed China’s flag on an extraterrestrial body for the first time ever.
Since then we’ve enjoyed a few panoramas sent back by the pair, but none so far have been as clear as these.
Chinese scientists say that Yutu will survey the moon’s surface for three months and the lander will conduct stationary observation from its landing site for a year, after which we’ll have to rely on viewing the wondrous cosmos in the background of Chinese tourists’ selfies.