‘Jade Rabbit’ Hops on the Moon

'Jade Rabbit' Hops on the Moon

China has landed a lunar probe on the Moon, the first lunar soft landing since 1976. The Chang’e-3 lunar probe’s robot rover is called the Jade Rabbit, and it will explore the Bay of Rainbows. In Chinese myth, Chang’e is the Moon Goddess, and the Jade Rabbit (Yu Tu) is her pet. The China National Space Administration plans to land non-mythical personalities on the Moon by 2020 and set up a moon base in 2030.

More:

“China’s Rover Rolls! Yutu Begins Moon Mission,”  Ian O,Neill, Discovery News

“China moon landing: Beijing puts Jade Rabbit on the moon,” Peter Ford, Christian Science Monitor

“China’s Jade Rabbit rover rolls on to Moon’s surface,” Paul Rincon, BBC News

“China’s moon landing: the space race with India,” Natasha Clark, The Telegraph

“Chinese Moon, National Pride And Asia’s New Space Race,” Liu Bo, Economic Observer via Worldcrunch

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Image (“Jade Rabbit Hops on the Moon, after Cui Bai”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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