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Main » 2013 » December » 20 » China successfully soft-landed probe on the Moon.


China successfully soft-landed probe on the Moon.
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On December 14, 2013 at 13:11 UTC the Chinese "Chang'e 3” probe, named after a mythical Chinese goddess of the moon, landed on the moon, becoming China's first outpost on another world after a rocket-powered descent to an unexplored barren volcanic plain. The probe carried a six-wheeled moon rover called "Yutu," or "Jade Rabbit," the goddess' pet.
China became the third country to carry out a lunar soft landing — which does not damage the craft and the equipment it carries — after the Soviet Union and the United States. The previous moon landing was performed by the Soviet "Luna-24” automatic probe in 1976.

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