China's lunar rover lands on moon

New Delhi, Dec 14 :China's first lunar rover landed on the moon successfully on Saturday, reports said.

China became the third nation after the US and the Soviet Union to soft-land on the moon.

"China's lunar probe Chang'e-3, with the country's first moon rover on board, successfully landed on the moon on Saturday night, marking the first time that China has sent a spacecraft to soft land on the surface of an extraterrestrial body," China's Xinhua news agency reported.

Chang'e-3 includes a lander and a moon rover named 'Yutu' or Jade Rabbit.

This was the first soft landing made on moon in the past 37 years.

12 days after the probe blasted off on an enhanced Long March-3B carrier rocket, the soft landing was performed on Saturday.

"Yutu's tasks include surveying the moon's geological structure and surface substances and looking for natural resources. The lander will operate there for one year while the rover will be there for three months," Xinhua reported.

--IBNS (Posted on 15-12-2013)

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