China’s Chang’e-3 craft lands on the moon

By Ashley Yeager, 09:41 AM December 16, 2013

The unmanned Chang’e-3 lunar lander and Yutu rover have made it to the surface of the moon.

The successful December 14 touchdown makes China the third country to put a craft on the moon and the first to do so since 1976.

Chang’e-3 landed in the northern part of the Sea of Rains, or Mare Imbrium, slightly east of its planned touchdown spot in the Bay of Rainbows, or Sinus Iridum.

A little more than seven hours after landing, the lander’s rover Yutu, or Jade Rabbit, rolled onto the moon’s surface....

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