China’s first moon rover, Yutu, or Jade Rabbit, continued its exploration of the lunar surface after taking photos of the lander for the fifth and final time early on Sunday, Xinhua news agency reported Sunday, citing a statement from the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND). The latest photos showed for the first time the national flags on both Yutu and the lander. Pictures of the lander’s five-star red flag could not be taken during previous photo-shooting operations because the flag was not facing the camera, according to SASTIND. The latest operations were the last in which the lander and rover took photos of each other. Yutu separated from the lander on Dec. 15, several hours after China’s lunar probe Chang’e-3 soft-landed on the moon on Dec. 14. Yutu will survey the moon’s geological structure and surface substances and look for natural resources for three months, while the lander will conduct its own exploration at the landing site for one year, the report said.
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