In a press release, CNSA said their Chang'e 4 mission was a success, and thanked "significant global cooperation", for their major space milestone. The photos reveal a seemingly endless horizon of grey, rocky terrain.
Among the images is a 360-degree panorama stitched together from 80 photos taken by a camera on the lander after it released the rover on to the lunar surface, Xinhua said, citing Li Chunlai, the deputy director of the National Astronomical Observatories of China and commander-in-chief of the Chang'e 4 ground application system.
The rover is exploring the landing site in the Von Kármán crater on the side of the moon that faces away from Earth, sometimes called "the dark side of the moon" even though it receives plenty of sunlight.
Images of the moon's far side sent back by the Chang'e-4 probe.
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China's lunar rover got back to work on the far side of the moon Thursday after waking from a five-day hibernation, its official social media page announced.
They show the Chang'e-4 probe and its cargo - a Jade Rabbit 2 rover - approaching, adjusting its trajectory and speed before finally landing on the moon on January 3.
"From the panorama, we can see the probe is surrounded by lots of small craters, which was really thrilling", said Li.
He said the Chang'e-4 landed at an altitude of almost minus 6,000 metres.
"The information from the depths of the moon will be one of our focuses in the exploration", he said.
The panorama also shows the edges of some of the science instruments onboard the Chang'e 4 lander itself. The moon is tidally locked to Earth, rotating at the same rate that it orbits our planet, so the far side - or the "dark side" - is never visible from Earth.
The SPA Basin, where the Chang'e-4 probe landed, is the largest and deepest basin in the solar system, with a diameter of 2,500 km and a depth of more than 10 km.