China’s National Space Administration has released a slew of stunning moon images taken by its Chang’e 3 lander and Yutu rover.
The Planetary Society has posted a number of the color HD images on its website. The pictures show, for example, the Yutu rover driving across the moon’s surface and the Chang’e 3 lander in an incredible moonscape.
The unmanned Chang’e 3 lunar mission reached the moon in December 2013. Last year the Yutu rover found evidence of a new type of balsatic rock on the moon’s surface.
China also expects to land a probe on the so-called “dark side of the moon” two years earlier than planned, the country’s state media recently reported. The Chang’e 4 lander will reach the moon in 2018 instead of theearlier mark of 2020, according to media reports.