Check out this video of China’s first-ever lunar lander, Chang’e 3, which set down in the moon’s Bay of Rainbows on Saturday (December 14, 2013) at about 9:12 p.m. Beijing time. China’s moon landing made it only the third country in the world to land on the moon, after the U.S. and former Soviet Union. The lander delivered a robotic rover called Yutu (“Jade Rabbit”) to the moon’s surface. The plan is for the rover to spend some months exploring on the moon’s surface. The lander is named after Chang’e, the goddess of the moon in Chinese mythology. It’s a follow-up to the Chang’e 1 and Chang’e 2 lunar orbiters.
Bottom line: Video of China’s Chang’e 3 lunar lander as it set down on the moon’s surface on December 14, 2013.
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