The Chang’e 3 moon lander and Yutu rover got their way up call this weekend. Roused from hibernation after more than two weeks chilling in the long lunar night, they’re back in business taking pictures and examining the moon’s crust and minerals.
With temperatures dipping to -292 F (-180 C) and no sunlight to generate electricity with their solar panels, mission control powered down the pair on December 26. The sun will shine over rover and lander for another two weeks until setting again on Jan. 25.
We’ve seen precious few quality, high resolution images yet from the mission – most have been screen-grabbed off TV and video. Here are few new ones, including a couple featuring a favorite planet.