China joins U.S., former Soviet Union, in lunar landing

12/16/2013 11:11 AM

12/17/2013 6:01 PM

China on Saturday joined the United States and the former Soviet Union in safely landing equipment on the moon.

The unmanned Chang’e 3 lander, named for a mythical Chinese goddess of the moon, will release a six-wheel moon rover called Yutu, or “Jade Rabbit,” which was the goddess’ pet. The rover will for at least three months explore the flat area of the moon facing the Earth, The Associated Press reports.

It’s not sure what the Chinese moon exploration project hopes to accomplish that’s different from the manned missions of the U.S. or the unmanned missions of the former Soviet Union. But what’s certain is Chinese officials now can boast like the others that they’ve successfully made it to the moon, too.

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