China's Chang'e 5 lunar lander
is making the most of its short stay on the moon. The spacecraft sent back a massive panoramic view from its post on a lunar plain of relatively young volcanic moon rock. The image above is just about half of the full high-resolution shot, which shows both distant hills from the lander's vantage point and also how the feet of the craft dug into the soft, gravel-like surface of the moon upon touchdown Tuesday. (Download the whole file here
.) Zooming in around the foot of the lander in particular provides a real sense of the desolate, dry, desert-like terrain.