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On December 1, 2013, China launched its first mission to land a rover on the moon. With the Yutu rover aboard, Chang moved 3 Moon Lander off the Xichang Satellite Launch Center on a modified long March 3B rocket.
The mission was named Chang, the moon goddess of Chinese mythology. Rover, Yutu, was named after the Jade Rabbit, who was a companion to the great deity.
Chang 3 arrived in the moon lane five days after launch and rapped down on the moon surface a week later. It was the first spacecraft to make a soft landing on the moon in 37 years. A few hours later, the little, six-wheeled vehicle came out of spacecraft and became the first robot robbed of the moon since 1
Starting Images: China’s Chang 3 Moon Rover Mission Blasts Off
Chang & # 39; e 3 Photos: China’s 1st Moon Lander & Rover Mission
How China’s Chang 3 Moon Rover Yutu Works
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