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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