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The Chang'e 3 lunar lander and moon rover is part of the second phase of China's three-step robotic lunar exploration program.

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A higher-resolution version of the Chang'e 3 lander's panoramic view of the lunar surface has appeared on the Web, and artist Don Davis has cleaned it of artifacts to make a beautiful, seamless view. In other news, the mission has been reorganized to accommodate a possibly year-long adventure on the lunar surface. (Image: Chinese Academy of Sciences / Don Davis) | http://planetary.s3.amazonaws.com/assets/images/3-moon/2014/20140121_YUTULNDRPANDD.jpg

A Chinese Long March 3B rocket launches China's first moon rover Yutu (Jade Rabbit) on the Chang'e 3 lunar landing mission from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center on Dec. 2, 2013 local time (Dec. 1 EST) in this still image from a CCTV broadcast.

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China's Chang'e 3 spacecraft landed on the moon at 8:11 a.m. EST on Dec. 14, 2013. This graphic is a depiction of Chang'e 3 with solar arrays deployed overlaid on imagery of its target landing site on the moon's Bay of Rainbows. Credit: China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

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This image shows the view inside China's mission control center in Beijing for the Chang'e 3 moon lander and rover mission in December 2013.

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