China’s Jade Rabbit Explores Moon Surface


China Jade Rabbit Moon

National Geographic: The solar-powered Jade Rabbit rover is seen here making tracks away from the lander just before it goes into hibernation for the two-week-long lunar night. Credit: CSNA

“The Chang’e-3 mission is China’s first ever lunar landing and marks the first successful soft landing on the moon in nearly three decades. The Soviet Union was the last to do it in 1976 with the Luna 4 probe.”

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“This animated GIF shows the Chang’e-3 lander (large white dot in the center of the second image) and Yutu rover (smaller white dot below the lander). The individual images were taken by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter narrow-angle camera. Credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University”


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