Stunning panoramic image of the far side of the moon is captured by China's Chang'e-4 lander

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China's lunar lander has beamed back stunning images from the far side of the moon.

Chang'e-4's 360° lens captured the Yutu-2 - or Jade Rabbit 2 - rover in front of the grey moonscape and reveals the potholed surface and barren expanse of land inside the the mysterious Von Kármán crater at the lunar south pole.

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Pictures posted on Chinese social media also reveal Chang'e-4, and its rover, Yutu-2, have taken images of each other.

This celestial photoshoot gives an astonishing look at the tandem of cutting-edge machinery which China is using to explore the previously unknown region.

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Eternally immortalised tracks left from Yutu-2's maiden voyage away from Chang'e-4 on January 4 can also be seen snaking over the untouched surface.

Jade Rabbit 2 entered 'nap' mode after the initial landing in order to survive the blistering 200°C (390°F) lunar daytime which lasts for 14 Earth days.

Slumber - Yesterday - Temperatures - Transition - Lunar

It was stirred from its forced slumber yesterday as the brutal temperatures subside ahead of the transition to a 300-hour-long lunar night.

Footage has also emerged of a first-person look at the final approach of Chang'e-4 as it completed its pioneering landing on the tempestuous terrain of the South Pole-Aitken (SPA) Basin, the largest and deepest impact crater in the solar system.

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A statement from the Chinese space agency, CNSA, said: 'Researchers have completed the preliminary analysis of the lunar surface topography around the landing site based on the image taken by the landing camera.'

Chang'e-4, the Yutu-2 and the Queqiao relay satellite that beams data back to Earth are all 'in a stable condition, and all work was carried out as planned,' the statement concluded.

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A post from the Yutu-2 rover's social media account on Chinese microblogging website Weibo on January 11 at 11:22 Beijing time read: 'Would you like to take a 360-degree...
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