China lands its first lunar rover on the moon
Sunday, December 15, 2013, 2:50 PM -
China has landed its first lunar rover on the moon.
State news reports it touched down there on Saturday. It comes less than two weeks after the rover blasted off from earth.
The solar-powered rover-- dubbed Jade Rabbit-- will patrol the moon's surface, studying the structure of the lunar crust, as well as rocks and soil. The mission is expected to last at least three months.
The rover is equipped with at least four cameras and two mechanical legs that can dig up soil samples.
Saturday's landing makes China one of only three nations to "soft-land" on the moon's surface, behind the U.S. and the former Soviet Union.