Jade Rabbit

China launches its first ever moon rover – Salon.com.

China has launched a rocket that is scheduled to land a roving vehicle on the moon.

The rover is named Yutu, or “Jade Rabbit,” which is the name of the pet bunny of the Chinese moon goddess Chang’e. The lander itself is called Chang’e 3. The unmanned Chang’e 1 launched in 2007, and Chang’e 2, in 2010.

China is interested in minerals on the moon, and has planned to bring back some moon rocks by 2020.

Eventually they plan to land people on the moon, something the US hasn’t done since 1972.


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