It’s been a year since China’s Chang’e 4 lander and Yutu 2 rover landed on the far side of the Moon. They were sent to study the Von Kármán crater and have now sent back incredible photos of this unseen landscape.
The pictures were released as part of a package of data collected by Chang’e 4 and Yutu 2. The images were sent back to Earth using the only signal link available, the Queqiao relay satellite.
According to Science Alert, the photographs were taken over 12 lunar days, which is equal to two weeks in Earth time because of the way the moon rotates. These happen 12 times a year, meaning each photo is from one of these periods.
Since this was the first successful landing of a rover on the far side of the moon, these images offer unique insight into the unknown.
Chang’e 4 lander and Yutu 2 have come to the end of their mission, with the next Chang’e 5 launching this year. Rather than going to the far side of the moon, Chang’e 5 will be collecting lunar samples to bring back to Earth.