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China's moon rover to separate from lander in several hours

English.news.cn   2013-12-14 21:28:32            

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Photo taken on Dec. 14, 2013 shows the lunar probe Chang'e-3 on the screen of the Beijing Aerospace Control Center in Beijing, capital of China. China's lunar probe Chang'e-3 has started soft-landing on the moon as it began decelerating from 15 km above the lunar surface. (Xinhua/Li Xin)

BEIJING, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- China's first moon rover, Yutu, or Jade Rabbit, will separate from the lander early on Sunday, several hours after the Chang'e-3 probe soft-landed on the lunar surface.

Chang'e-3 landed on the moon's Sinus Iridum, or the Bay of Rainbows, at about 9:12 p.m. Saturday, making China the third country in the world to carry out such a rover mission after the United States and former Soviet Union.

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