The Chinese Chang’e 3 lander sent back a new series of high quality photos yesterday January 17 taken with its panoramic camera. They’re the clearest, sharpest I’ve come across since the mission began. What a satisfying picture they make.
Take a look at the individual photos; at the end is the final, albeit low resolution, stitched 360-degree panorama. I placed them in order as if you were taking in the view turning your head from left to right. Just click an image to enlarge it:
View #1 with the lander’s solar panels in the foreground. Credit: Chinanews.com
View #2. As we shift our gaze to the right , the solar arrays and radio communications dish come into view. Credit: Chinanews.com
View #3. Continuing to the right we see a crater and impact ejecta near the lunar horizon. Credit: Chinanews.com
View #4 shows the wheel tracks of the Jade Rabbit or Yutu rover. Credit: Chinanews.com
View #5. Our final frame focuses on the Yutu (Jade Rabbit) lunar rover. Credit: Chinanews.com
All images stitched together to create a complete moon panorama. Credit: Chinanews.com