China’s First Moon Rover Blasts Off to Space

The Jade Rabbit is expected to land on the moon in mid-December

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Chinese workers make final preparations to the launch pad at the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in the southwestern province of Sichuan on December 1, 2013.

Scientists launched China’s first ever moon rover early Monday, marking a milestone in the nation’s climb towards building a space program.

CCTV aired live footage of the Jade Rabbit, also know as “Yutu,” as it took off in the Chang’e-3 rocket around 1:30 a.m. local time at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center.

The Jade Rabbit is expected to land on the moon mid-December. Until now, China has sent 10 astronauts into space, and two probes to orbit the moon. It hopes to build a permanent space station by 2020, with the goal of sending someone to the moon.

[Agence France-Presse]

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zmw.142690
zmw.142690

加油中国!用实力说话!(Come on China! Speak with strength!)

vstillwell
vstillwell

So does this mean China is going to declare a no-fly zone around the moon? They'll claim that some of their ancient ancestors visited the moon a few centuries ago and it is rightfully China's territory. 

ChinaLee
ChinaLee

Spectacular nighttime launch video of China's Chang'e-3 Moon Rover

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The Launch of China's Chang'e 3 Lunar Exploration Rover

A Chinese Long March 3B rocket launched from the Xichang launch site in China today carrying the countries first Rover destined for the Moon. View the spectacular nighttime launch video…"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgZslWEQZHY

Timothy.Miltz
Timothy.Miltz

Chevron ad takes the majority of this page.


China will put Chevron to SHAME with Helium 3 on the moon.



JackCha
JackCha

@vstillwell Man ! I have to say that you hava a strong imagination~ Comparing "YUTU" with no-fly zone is exactly stupid !