Photo taken by the landform camera on the Chang'e-3 moon lander on Dec. 25, 2013 shows the image of the earth during Chang'e-3 lunar probe mission's first lunar day circle. Chinese Academy of Sciences released a group of photos of the moonscape by the cameras on China's lunar probe Chang'e-3 Friday. Chang'e-3, with the country's first moon rover onboard, landed on the moon on Dec. 14, 2013, marking the first time that China has sent a spacecraft to soft land on the surface of an extraterrestrial body. (Xinhua)
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BEIJING, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- The moon Saturday saw a rare new visitor -- lunar probe Chang'e-3 from China, the third country on earth which achieved a soft landing on it after theUnited Statesand the former Soviet Union.
The success also made China the first country that conducted a soft landing on Sinus Iridum, or the Bay of Rainbows, a lunar area that remains unstudied and silent for hundreds of millions of years, stamping new foot prints in the history of mankind's lunar exploration. Full story
China's Chang'e-3 lunar probe amazes world
BEIJING, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- China's Chang'e-3, which includes its first lunar rover named Yutu, or Jade Rabbit, has successfully soft landed on the Moon Saturday, fulfilling the long-awaited dream of moon landing of the Chinese nation.
Since the successful launching of Chang'e-3 mission early December, the Chang'e-3 lunar exploration program has been put in the spotlight. Now as Jade Rabbit has made its touchdown on the moon surface, the whole world again marvels at China's remarkable space capabilities and even extends their aspiration for space cooperation with China. Full story