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Chang'e 3 and Yutu seen from orbit

Chang'e 3 and Yutu seen from orbit

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Chang'e 3 and Yutu seen from orbit
On December 25, 2013, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spied Chang'e 3 and Yutu on the lunar surface. It was near sunset on the pair's first lunar day of operations. In its extended mission, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is in an elliptical orbit whose altitude over the Chang'e 3 landing site is 150 kilometers, so its highest-resolution images have about 1.5 meters per pixel.

Here is a comparison of the terrain before and after the landing.

Most NASA images are in the public domain. Reuse of this image is governed by NASA's image use policy.

Original image data dated on or about December 25, 2013

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