China Launches A Lunar Rover

by Daniel Russ on December 3, 2013




It has been over 40 years since anyone has achieved a soft landing on the Moon. The last Luna Rover in 1976 that the Soviets launched operated for many months after it landed. Now a third country, this one a new spacefaring nation, China, is about to soft-land a robot on Sinus Iridum a flat volcanic plain. This is part of the Mare Imbrium, otherwise known as the right eye of the Moon. It’s called Yutu and the six-wheeled robot should be there in two weeks.

The name was outsourced in a contest where millions of Chinese voted to name it after a folk take about a rabbit that lives on the Moon.


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