And what does it look like at the landing site? It looks like this, an early image from the lander.
View of Chang'e-3 landing site from it's monitoring camera (China National Space Administration/Associated Press)
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Caleb A. Scharf
Caleb A. Scharf is director of astrobiology at Columbia University. He is author and co-author of more than 100 scientific research articles in astronomy and astrophysics. His work has been featured in publications such as New Scientist, Scientific American, Science News, Cosmos Magazine, Physics Today and National Geographic. For many years he wrote the Life, Unbounded blog for Scientific American.