Jade Rabbit lunar rover

China's Jade Rabbit - or Yutu - rover is the first vehicle to land on the Moon in almost 40 years. The Chang'e-3 mission blasted off from Xichang in southern China on December 1, 2013, and landed on the Moon’s surface on December 14. Developed by Shanghai Aerospace System Engineering Institute and Beijing Institute of Spacecraft System Engineering, the lunar rover was designed to explore an area of 3 square kilometres (1.2 sq mi) during its 3-month mission.

China’s Chang’e-3 lander captured this image with Yutu (Jade Rabbit) rover. SCMP Pictures (UNDATED HANDOUT/ CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, CHINA NATIONAL SPACE ADMINISTRATION / THE SCIENCE AND APPLICATION CENTER FOR MOON AND DEEPSPACE EXPLORATION/EMILY LAKDAWALLA)

Postcards from the moon

On the eve of the Lunar New Year, these stunning photos are the first images taken from the surface of the moon in almost four decades. And they were taken by China’s lunar lander Chang’e 3 and its rover Yutu, or Jade Rabbit, which touched down on the moon in December 2013.

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