After making its soft landing, the Chang’e-3’s lander took pictures around its landing spot. Now scientists have pieced them together to form the lander’s first panoramic view of the lunar surface.
The Chang’e 3 lunar probe has just landed on the moon’s surface. This was China’s first attempt at making a soft-landing on the moon. A six-wheeled rover is expected to be deployed later from the lander to explore the moon’s surface.
Something You Need to Know
The Chang´e-3, named after a Chinese lunar goddess, is China’s first spacecraft to make a soft landing on the moon. It comprises a lander and a moon rover called "Yutu" (Jade Rabbit). The Chang´e-3 mission is the second phase of China´s lunar program, which includes orbiting, landing and returning to Earth. It follows the success of the Chang´e-1 and Chang´e-2 missions in 2007 and 2010. The launch of China´s lunar probe Chang´e-3 was "successful".
China has chosen the name "Yutu" (Jade Rabbit) for its first moon rover, after a worldwide online poll challenged people to come up with names.
In Chinese folklore, Yutu is the white pet rabbit of Chang´e, the moon goddess who has lent her name to the Chinese lunar mission. Legend has it that, after swallowing a magic pill, Chang´e took her pet and flew toward the moon, where she became a goddess, and has lived there with the white jade rabbit ever since.
Abilities: Recognize obstacles on the moon´s surface; Plot a path of least resistance by a combination of onboard navigation systems; Remote control from the command center.
Features: Select the best route; use minimal fuel; make the smallest possible error; endure a vacuum, intense radiation and extremes of temperature; The rover can "rest", automatically entering a dormant state to recharge its batteries, and return to work after a while. More >>
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Congratulations on a very important milestone. Welcome China to the family of space nations!
congratulations to the china! I am so pride for my country!
I am amazed by China´s progress in space exploration. Congratulation to China on the successful landing of the spacecraft and also the separation of Yutu from the lander. We hope to see more pictures and videos soon. Ignore the critics and continue with your space programs. Cheers for China!
United States of America 2013-12-15
Congratulations China on a successful landing and deployment of the rover.
Go China, go!
PJ. Malaysia 2013-12-15
I am very proud of you to achieve this impossible misson. WELL DONE CHINA.
Congratulations to China for your first soft-landing on the Moon, and the successful first steps of the Yutu Rover. Your mission is an inspiration to a new generation of space explorers! I wish you all the best of luck for the mission´s future lunar exploration.
Beautiful launch. Continued success with the mission!
Very impressive video of the rover leaving the lander. In front of the rover is a small crater. What is the size of the crater and did the navigation software keep the lander from landing in the crater? How many hours before sunset does the lunar rover need to return to the lander in order to be safe during the lunar night? Being able to survive a lunar night will be an amazing accomplishment.
Congratulations to the all people of China by this beautiful demonstration of human capabilities.