Chinese Unmanned Spacecraft Lands on Moon

Photo Credit: REUTERS/STRINGER

Photo Credit: REUTERS/STRINGER

China landed an unmanned spacecraft on the moon on Saturday, state media reported, in the first such “soft-landing” since 1976, joining the United States and the former Soviet Union in managing to accomplish such a feat.

The Chang’e 3, a probe named after a lunar goddess in traditional Chinese mythology, is carrying the solar-powered Yutu, or Jade Rabbit buggy, which will dig and conduct geological surveys.

China has been increasingly ambitious in developing its space programs, for military, commercial and scientific purposes.

It has moved in lock step with its emergence as a major global economic and political power.

“The dream for lunar exploration once again lights up the China Dream,” Xinhua news agency said in a commentary.

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