China Rover Releases HD Pictures of the Moon

China Rover Releases HD Pictures of the Moon

"We have for the first time detected multiple subsurface layers (on the moon)", said lead author Xiao Long, professor of the China University of Geosciences in Wuhan, attributing these layers to ancient lava flows and the weathering of rocks and boulders into regolith, or loose layers of dust, over the past 3.3 billion years or so.

In December of 2013, China joined the ranks of Russian Federation and the United States when they successfully soft-landed on the lunar surface, becoming the third country ever to accomplish this feat.

The images show the moon's crust in true color and spectacular detail.

In addition, over the past few days, technical data gathered from the scientific instruments on the previous Chang'e-1 and -2 missions have been made public in three free e-books, from China's Planetary Data System. That mission is slated to send a lander and rover to the far side of the Moon, as early as 2018, and before 2020. The historical event of China's space travel was 37 years in the making, following the landing of Russia's Luna 24 probe in 1976. However, there would be some connection problems when accessing the website outside China.

Despite the successful landing, Yutu's inability to shield itself from the intense lunar night temperatures caused mobility issues, leaving it unable to navigate across the surface.

Yutu as seen from the Chinese lander Chang'e-3.

Despite a shaky start to its mission, the Jade Rabbit is still working and sending images and data back to earth.

Today, anyone can actually create an account and download these HD photos directly from China's Science and Application Center for Moon and Deep Space Exploration website.

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