The Chang'e 3 lander captured the four images for this mosaic of the Yutu rover driving southward on Dec. 23, 2013.
The Chang'e 3 lander captured the four images for this mosaic of the Yutu rover driving southward on Dec. 23, 2013.The Science and Application Center for Moon and Deepspace Exploration
The Chang'e 3 lander captured the four images for this mosaic of the Yutu rover driving southward on Dec. 23, 2013.
Two images of Yutu captured by the Chang'e3 lander on Dec. 22, 2013.
Yutu took this photo of its own shadow on Jan. 12, 2014.
Yutu's wheels tracks in the lunar soil. The images for this mosaic were taken on Jan. 12, 2014.
This is a mosaic of six images captured by the Yutu rover on Jan. 13, 2014, after it had driven southwest of the lander to visit a large block of impact ejecta that the team named Long Yan (Pyramid Rock).
Part of a full 360-degree panorama taken by the Chang'e 3 lander on Dec. 17, 2013, three days after landing.
The Yutu rover took the images for this panorama on Jan. 13, 2014, during the rover's second lunar day on the surface, while close to "Pyramid Rock."
The Chang'e 3 lander captured the four images for this mosaic of the Yutu rover driving southward on Dec. 23, 2013.
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See Astonishing True Color Photos of the Moon

Feb 01, 2016

We're familiar with Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity, the Mars rovers with cult followings. Now it's time to meet Yutu, their Chinese sibling, which landed on the Moon in 2013.

On Sunday, the China National Space Administration released hundreds of high-resolution, color images of the moon, offering an unprecedented look at our satellite.

Yutu, which means Jade Rabbit, first arrived on the moon in December 2013 aboard China's Chang'e3 lander. The spacecraft was the first to land there since the Soviets' Luna 24 mission on Aug. 22, 1976.

Unfortunately, two weeks after it was deployed, Yutu suffered technical difficulties. It's been unable to move since then, but it has continued to transmit information, including these stunning images.

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