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China’s lunar rover sends back stunning panoramic image of ‘dark side of moon’

Earlier this month, China made history, after it landed a rover on the ‘dark side of the moon’ for the first time.

Now, the Yutu-2 rover, nicknamed ‘Jade Rabbit’ has send back some stunning panoramic images of this mysterious landscape.

China’s National Space Administration released the photos this morning, revealing the grey landscape alongside the rover.

One image is a panoramic shot, while the second is a 360-degree, circular image.


The panoramic shot of the dark side of the moon

The 360-degree, circular image

In a statement, the agency 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.”

The statement added that the rover is “in a stable condition, and all work was carried out as planned.”

The rover landed on the moon on January 4, but has been on ‘stand-by mode’ until now.

It will now explore the South Pole-Aitken Basin – the largest and deepest impact crater in the entire solar system.

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