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The images were taken a few years ago by cameras on the Chang’e 3 lander and Yutu rover. In December of 2013, China joined the ranks of Russia and the United States when they successfully soft-landed on the lunar surface, becoming the third country ever to accomplish this feat.
What made China’s mission especially remarkable was that it was the first soft-landing on the moon in 37 years, since the Russians landed their Luna 24 probe back in 1976.
Today, anyone can create a user account on China’s Science and Application Center for Moon and Deepspace Exploration website to download the pictures themselves. The process is a bit cumbersome and the connection to the website is spotty if you’re accessing it outside of China.
originally posted by: skywatcher44
originally posted by: noonebutme
a reply to: Swills
And you're all wrong. It's made of cheese.
SCIENCE, people.. SCIENCE.,
Well who knows what 4.53 billion year old cheese looks like it could well be gray, solid and dusty..