China Lands on the Moon

A screen grab of live TV footage shows China's first lunar rover after it landed on the moonA Chinese spacecraft has landed on the moon in the first “soft landing” since 1976.

The event, broadcast live on Chinese TV, means the country has joined the United States and the former Soviet Union in managing to accomplish such a feat.

The Chang’e 3, a probe named after a lunar goddess in traditional Chinese mythology, is carrying the solar-powered Yutu, or Jade Rabbit rover, which will dig and conduct geological surveys.

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