Exploration Images
Yutu:  Undated photo of “Dragon Rock” on the moon, via China Space on FB
Yutu:  Undated photo of the lunar surface, via China Space on FB
Looking down at the moon from Apollo 13, April 1970
Crescent moon out the window, Apollo 13, April 1970
Far side of the moon, from Apollo 16, April 1972.

Apollo 16 metric camera image of the Moon’s eastern limb and far side. The lower left part of the image shows a portion of the moon visible from Earth. The dark area at the 8:00 position on the edge is Mare Crisium. To the right of that is Mare Smythii. The upper right area shows the heavily cratered lunar far side. The Moon is 3475 km in diameter and North is at 10:30 in this image. (Apollo 16, AS16-3021)

Far side of the moon, from Apollo 16, April 1972.

Apollo 16 metric camera image of the Moon’s eastern limb and far side. The lower left part of the image shows a portion of the moon visible from Earth. The dark area at the 8:00 position on the edge is Mare Crisium. To the right of that is Mare Smythii. The upper right area shows the heavily cratered lunar far side. The Moon is 3475 km in diameter and North is at 10:30 in this image. (Apollo 16, AS16-3021)
LRO: Image of the Moon’s Mt. Hadley & Hadley Rille.  The Apollo 15 landing site is toward the upper left of the image, just this side of the rille.

LRO: Image of the Moon’s Mt. Hadley & Hadley Rille. The Apollo 15 landing site is toward the upper left of the image, just this side of the rille.

LADEE:  Lunar sunrise, April 12th 2014, taken with one of the probe’s star tracker cameras.

LADEE: Lunar sunrise, April 12th 2014, taken with one of the probe’s star tracker cameras.

GRAIL-A (“Ebb”): MoonKam video, December 14th 2012

This is the final video sequence captured by the GRAIL-A (“Ebb”) MoonKAM system a few days before the spacecraft impacted the Moon on a mountain near the lunar north pole on Dec 17. At the time this video was taken, both GRAIL spacecraft were about 6 miles (10 km) above the northern hemisphere of the Moon’s far side, in the vicinity of the Jackson impact crater. This imagery was acquired as part of a final checkout of spacecraft equipment prior to its planned impact.

GRAIL-A (“Ebb”): MoonKam video from December 14th 2012 (by RocketCamByEcliptic )

This is the final video sequence captured by the GRAIL-A (“Ebb”) MoonKAM system a few days before the spacecraft impacted the Moon on a mountain near the lunar north pole on Dec 17. At the time this video was taken, both GRAIL spacecraft were about 6 miles (10 km) above the northern hemisphere of the Moon’s far side, in the vicinity of the Jackson impact crater. This imagery was acquired as part of a final checkout of spacecraft equipment prior to its planned impact.