The desolate panorama from China's moon lander

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Behold the first panorama taken by the Chang'e 3 moon lander. It's quite crappy—especially compared to the images taken by the Mars Curiosity rover. And it can't compare to the film photos taken by the Apollo missions. Still, good to be back on the Moon's surface.

Snapped by three cameras on the lander aimed level, 15 degrees up, and 15 degrees down, the full panorama is stitched together from over 60 individual shots. On the left, the photo shows the recently-disembarked Jade Rabbit rover, which has cruised about 10 yards away from the lander by now.


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This is the camera they are using just in case anyone is wondering.