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China successfully lands spacecraft on Moon

14
Dec
2013

China, whose lunar ambitions have only expanded in the last few years, has finally joined the United States and Russia in successfully landing a spacecraft on the Moon. The countrys Change-3 unmanned spacecraft, launched two weeks ago, landed on the moon today, the first craft to soft-land on lunar soil in more than 30 years. China is now the third country to land a spacecraft on the Moon The Change-3 probe, named after the lunar goddess said in Chinese folklore to live on the moon, is carrying the Yutu — or Jade Rabbit, the goddess companion — lunar rover, a six-wheeled, solar-powered buggy armed with four cameras and two mechanical arms designed to dig for sample soil on the Moons surface. According to Chinas official Xinhua news service, the pair now rest in the Moons unexplored Bay of Rainbows region, which China has been eyeing as a potential landing site since 2010.The Yutu rover will now spend the next three months searching for resources, as its progress is monitored by Chinese controls centers aided by the European Space Agency.

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