With China's lunar robots Chang'e-4 and Yutu-2 exploring the far side of the moon, the world got a glimpse of what these lunar robots have been seeing thanks to a new data dump by the Chinese government.
Earlier this week China released a trove of data including high-resolution images of the far side of the moon taken by the two lunar robots. In a statement on the Chinese government's Website, it said 17,239 data files with a total data volume of 20.9 GB were released.
A year in the making
According to Space.com, the images came from Chang'e-4 lander's terrain camera and Yutu-2 rover's panoramic camera. The data comes on the anniversary of the Chang'e-4's landing in the Von Von Kármán Crater. The photos cover about a year of exploration on the far side of the moon. It was the first mission to land there, noted Space.com.
To make it easier on mere earthlings, Doug Ellison engineering camera team lead for Curiosity Mars Rover at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, shared the data on Twitter and created a slideshow which can be found here.
Oh my god - the data drop is incredible :O— Doug Ellison (@doug_ellison) January 4, 2020
Trying to process some now!! https://t.co/DlI9vthrS7