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1st 360 Degree Color Panorama from China’s Chang’e-3 Lunar Lander. It shows the moonscape view all around the landing site after the ‘Yutu’ lunar rover left impressive tracks behind when it initially rolled onto the lunar terrain on Dec. 15, 2013. Mosaic [Credit: CNSA/Chinanews/Ken Kremer/Marco Di Lorenzo – kenkremer.com] Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/108293/1st-360-degree-color-panorama-from-chinas-change-3-lunar-lander/#ixzz2r225Lsas

1st 360 Degree Color Panorama from China’s Chang’e-3 Lunar Lander. This portion of the panorama focuses on the ‘Yutu’ lunar rover and the impressive tracks it left behind after rolling onto the pockmarked and gray lunar terrain on Dec. 15, 2013. [Mosaic Credit: CNSA/Chinanews/Ken Kremer/Marco Di Lorenzo]

An artist's depiction of China's Yutu rover being deployed on the moon by the Chang'e 3 lunar lander is shown in this still image from a state-run CNTV TV broadcast. Chang'e 3 landed on the moon on Dec. 14, 2013.Chang'e 3 delivered the Yutu rover to the moon with its successful landing. (Credit: CNTV)

Multisol composite photo mosaic shows deployment of Curiosity’s rovers robotic arm and APXS X-ray spectrometer onto the ‘Winjana’ rock target at Mount Remarkable for evaluation as missions third drill target inside Gale Crater on Mars. The colorized navcam raw images were stitched together from several Martian days up to Sol 612, April 26, 2014. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Ken Kremer - kenkremer.com/Marco Di Lorenzo

ESA's Malargüe tracking station, Argentina. It's also known as Deep Space Antenna 3 (DSA 3), as it's one of three antenna ESA uses to track its deep space missions, including Rosetta. The other two antennae are in Spain and Australia. Mona Evans, "Rosetta the Comet Chaser" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art182574.asp

Preliminary map of Comet C-G, mading using high-res images from Rosetta's OSIRIS camera. The colors indicate regions with different kinds of terrain. The map is oriented with the comet’s ‘body’ in the foreground and the ‘head’ in the background. (Credits: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA) Mona Evans, "Rosetta the Comet Chaser" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art182574.asp

Linné crater on the Moon. Relief map made using the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) as a stereo camera. Linné (2.2 km diameter) is a very young and beautifully preserved impact crater. The colors represent elevations; cool colors are lowest and hot colors are highest [NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University]. Mona Evans, “The Moon – Earth's Daughter” http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art32833.asp

Chang’e 3 landing site in Sinus Iridum, the Bay of Rainbows. Also labeled is the crater named for Francesco Bianchini (18th century Italian astronomers) and crater Helicon (a sacred mountain in Greek mythology). Promontories honor Pierre-Simon Laplace (18th-19 century French astronomer and mathematician) and Heraclides Ponticus (Greek astronomer 4th century BCE). Mare Imbrium is the Sea of Showers. Mona Evans, "The Moon - Earth's Daughter" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art32833.asp

The Clementine imaging experiment found permanently shadowed areas near the Moon's south pole. The large area in blue is the South Pole-Aitken Basin, a giant impact crater 2500 km in diameter & 12 km deep at its lowest point. Many smaller craters exist on the floor of the basin where they're never exposed to sunlight. The temperatures would never rise above about -170 C. Any water ice at the bottom of the crater could probably exist for billions of years at these temperatures.

Lunar crater C. Herschel. It's a small crater named after Caroline Herschel, lying on on a wrinkle ridge of the lunar mare named the Dorsum Heim, which is in the western part of Mare Imbrium. It's a circular, bowl-shaped formation that has not undergone significant erosion. The interior floor has the same low albedo as the surrounding lunar mare. Mona Evans, "Caroline Herschel" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art32051.asp

Water at the Moon's south pole. 2012-01-19. The Lunar Reconnaisance Orbiter's LEND instrument detects hydrogen in the soil. The blue areas show where water ice is likely to exist. (Credit: NASA/GSFC) Mona Evans, "Water on the Moon", http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art180967.asp

Youngest new moon every photographed. (Credit: Thierry Legault) 2013-07-08. July 2013 Moon caught at the instant it was new, most nearly between the Earth and the Sun for that lunar orbit. Irregularities “are caused by the relief at the edge of the lunar disk”.

"Lunar Eclipse & Occultation" by Jathin Premjith, Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2011. His picture not only shows the red of a total lunar eclipse, but has also caught a star just appearing from behind the orbiting Moon. Mona Evans, "Lunar Eclipses" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art28454.asp

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A strange but amazing cloud seen from the International Space Station. Credit: Mike Hopkins/NASA

Chasms, craters, and a dark north polar region are revealed in this image of Pluto’s largest moon Charon taken by New Horizons on July 11, 2015. The annotated version includes a diagram showing Charon’s north pole, equator, and central meridian, with the features highlighted. Credits: NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI

Another new snapshot of Earth’s “beautiful Southern Lights” taken from the ISS on 5 July 2014. Credit: ESA/Alexander Gerst

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