China releases huge batch of amazing Chang'e-4 images from moon's far side | 1/4/2020 | Andrew Jones
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China's long-lived lunar robots Chang'e-4 and Yutu-2 are once again at work on the far side of the moon, where they woke up for their 14th day on Jan. 18 and 19 respectively.

And those of us here on Earth can take a new look through the lander's and rover's lunar eyes, as China released a huge batch of data on Monday (Jan. 20). The data release includes high-resolution images of the moon from the Chang'e-4 lander's terrain camera and the panoramic camera on the Yutu-2 rover.

Chang'e-4 - Anniversary - Landing - Von - Kármán

Chang'e-4 just reached the first anniversary of its historic landing in Von Kármán Crater, within the gigantic South Pole-Aitken basin. The newly published photos cover nearly a year of pioneering exploration on the far side of the moon, where no previous mission has landed.

A view of the moon's Von Kármán Crater imaged by China's moon rover Yutu-2. This image was processed by Doug Ellison using imagery from the China National Space Administration's Chang'e 4 image archive.

Approaches - Crater - Material - Science - Outreach

Yutu-2 approaches a crater which was said to contain a "mysterious" material, according to a Chinese science outreach post, in this image processed by Doug Ellison.

A view of Chang'e-4 lander imaged by Yutu-2. This panoramic view was processed by Doug Ellison using data from China's Chang'e 4 image library.

Yutu-2 - Shadow - Chang'e-4 - Lander - July

Yutu-2, casting a shadow, looks back toward the Chang'e-4 lander in July 2019. Image processed by Doug Ellison.

Yutu-2 drive map to the end of lunar Day 13. This map was compiled by Phil Stooke using data from China's Chang'e 4 mission.

Crater - Image - Doug - Ellison

Yutu-2 inspects a relatively fresh crater. Image processed by Doug Ellison.

A circular reprojection of a Yutu-2 panorama taken March 2019. Image processed by Doug Ellison.

China - Lunar - Exploration - Program - Data

The China Lunar Exploration Program made the data available online at a dedicated website for the country's moon missions.

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