Chang’e 3/Yutu photographed from orbit!

Adding to its repertoire of lander photographs, LRO has now photographed Chang’e 3 and Yutu.  The resolution is poor, because the spacecraft has been moved to a higher orbit at the end of its primary mission to extend its useful lifetime at the Moon.  (Low orbits are very unstable due to the Moon’s mascons, creating a very lumpy gravitational field.)  But the spacecraft is clearly there:

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The upper arrow, pointing at the larger object, is showing Chang’e 3.  The lower arrow is showing Yutu.  Click on the image for more photographs, including an animated gif of the site before and after the landing.  😉

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