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Chang'e 3 rover Yutu rolls onto the lunar surface

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Chang'e 3 rover Yutu rolls onto the lunar surface Screen caps taken from a Chinese state television feed show the view from a side-looking camera mounted to the lander of the Yutu rover deploying from a ramp onto the surface of the Moon on December 14, 2013

CNSA / CCTV / Emily Lakdawalla

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The first step of the deploy had Chang'e 3 rolling from the top of the lander onto the transfer ramp:

Yutu rolling onto the transfer ramp

CNSA / CCTV / Emily Lakdawalla

Yutu rolling onto the transfer ramp

And here's the part where the transfer ramp lowers the rover down to the lunar surface:

Yutu rover being transferred down from lander toward lunar surface

CNSA / CCTV / Emily Lakdawalla

Yutu rover being transferred down from lander toward lunar surface

Copyright holder: Emily Lakdawalla

Original image data dated on or about December 14, 2013

 

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