Chang'e-3 Lands On The Moon And Deploys Yutu Rover

Update: The Yutu rover has been deployed and is driving on the lunar surface.

Chinese state media say China has successfully landed a space probe on the moon, in the first lunar "soft landing" in nearly four decades.

The Chang'e-3 lunar probe blasted off earlier this month from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in China's southwestern Sichuan province. It carried with it a moon rover, known as "Jade Rabbit."  

The rover will now separate from the lander and embark on a three-month scientific exploration.

China is the third country to carry out a soft lunar landing, after the United States and the former Soviet Union.  The last one was in 1976.

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