China Lands Jade Rab­bit on the Moon

Joins the U.s. and rus­sia as coun­tries that have landed on the Moon

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Last month, the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China be­came the third coun­try in the world to have suc­cess­fully launched and landed a ve­hi­cle on the Moon. The space honor was pre­vi­ously held by the United States of Amer­ica and the Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion. The Chang’e lan­der and ac­com­pa­ny­ing rover, named the “Jade Rab­bit” (or Yutu) af­ter an Asian mytho­log­i­cal rab­bit who is said to live on the moon, suc­cess­fully soft landed within an area of the Moon called ‘Bay of Rain­bows.’

“This is a very big deal in­deed,” said lu­nar sci­en­tist Paul Spudis of the Lu­nar and Plan­e­tary In­sti­tute in Houston. “Land­ing on the moon is not some­thing eas­ily at­tained—it re­quires pre­ci­sion ma­neu­ver­ing, track­ing, com­pu­ta­tion and engineering. It is a del­i­cate task and the Chi­nese suc­cess re­flects a ma­ture, evolv­ing and ca­pa­ble pro­gram.”

The Jade Rab­bit is one of the first man-made ve­hi­cles to land on the moon in 37 years. The Jade Rab­bit is slated to spend sev­eral months study­ing the lu­nar sur­face, in hopes that it will help its hosts, who are watch­ing from Earth, to find any­thing that would sug­gest long-term sus­tain­abil­ity of life on the moon. At the time, the Rover had al­ready snapped more than 4,600 im­ages of the moon sur­face af­ter merely one day of put­ter­ing around its land­ing site. How­ever, the PRC hasn’t re­lease any of th­ese pic­tures, save for one photo of the rover it­self.

China’s Moon Rover, Jade Rab­bit, as it poses for the cam­era at the land­ing site.

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