All The Best Pictures From The Chinese Moon Landing

Here are 22 of the best images beamed back by China's Jade Rabbit rover and lander.

On December 14, China's Chang'e 3 spacecraft landed on the moon and sent back the first new images from the moon since the 1970s. We've collected some of the best images from the voyage from around the web—here are 22 of them.

The rocket pictured is China's Long March 3B model, carrying a moon rover named Yutu, or Jade Rabbit in English. The mission launched from Xichang Satellite Launch Center on December 2, and took almost two weeks to reach the moon's surface.

Artist rendering of Yutu.

The 300-pound six-wheeled rover is similar to NASA's own Mars rover Curiosity, and will explore a flat region of the moon called the Bay of Rainbows, or Sinus Iridum. The lander and rover each have separate scientific missions they'll pursue while on the lunar surface. The rover will look at the moon's geological structure and try to find natural resources, moving at about 200 yards per hour. The lander will perform experiments where it sits.

Images courtesy of CNSA

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  • William Cohen

    Considering all the stolen technology, I'm surprised it took them (the Chinese) this long to get there.

  • Mike Appleton

    The Chinese are dirty rude people. They are going to trash up the moon.

  • jammartin66

    Why does it look fake when it rolls of the ramp, and the tracks are breaking up moist soil?

  • naro

    The Chinese work hard and study hard. They dont bullshit. They are like America used to be before the welfare system destroyed the nation. We will never recover but China is flying full speed ahead. Only when we destroy our welfare culture and get to study and hard work will be be successful again.

  • James Brown

    The rocket looks kind of small. Check out the Apollo rockets they were the largest most powerful vehicle ever made and it there was a reason for it. The Apollo rockets had to go into deep space unlike the space shuttles. The Chinese rocket just looks too small to go to the moon. Perhaps it is because it is only a one way trip. At any rate we all helped pay for it by moving a significant sector of our manufacturing to China, buying their cheap crap at Walmart and thereby putting millions of Americans out of work. This is what we deserve for our stupidity in going along with all of this. Now we couldn't get back to the moon even if we wanted to because we couldn't afford it now.

  • Mr Marble

    Looks like China had the keys to NASA/JPL for the rover, because is looks like Mars rover Curiosity, BUT then again they cannot come up with anything original on their own.

  • brownsfan

    Umm... marble, did you notice the disclaimer clearly stating "artist's rendering"?

  • Jerry Baustian

    Does anyone remember Bill Clinton allowing China to obtain ballistic missile technology in exchange for campaign contributions? If not for Clinton's generosity with US military secrets, China would not yet have a space program.

  • CoweringCoward

    Yep I remember back then when China just couldn't get that Long March DELIVERY vehicle sorted, not without help from Loral aerospace.

  • justinTimeAgain

    These pics... China puts blurry cellphones on the moon.... Awesome