China's 1st Lunar Rover 'Yutu' Launched

Artist's illustration of Yutu Rover
Yutu Rover is the first lunar rover launched by China and thus becomes the third nation to send a lunar rover after US and former Soviet Union. The last soft landing lunar rover was sent to the moon was 37 years back in August of 1976 when the Soviet Union sent 'Luna 24'. The Chang'e 3 probe lifted off with the Yutu rover at 17:30 GMT on December 1 (yesterday) from the Xichang Satellite Launch center in Sichuan province, China. The rover is expected to enter the orbit around the moon on December 6 and will spend another week decelerating in 6 stages. The main of the rover is collect information about the moon's geologic surface and the subsurface composition.

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