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.