China’s first moon rover, Yutu, or Jade Rabbit, soft-landed on the lunar surface. China now has just entered a very exclusive club. It’s now the third country to have a vehicle on the Moon. Watch the video…
Above: Yutu rover emblazoned with Chinese Flag as seen by the Chang’e-3 lander on the moon on Dec. 15, 2013. Notice the rover tire tracks left behind in the loose lunar topsoil. Image © China Space
The 140 kg six-wheeled rover, separated from the lander early on Sunday and touched the lunar surface at 4:35 a.m.
According to the Beijing Aerospace Control Center, the process was recorded by the camera on the lander and the images were sent to the earth.
After only a day of going around the lunar surface, the Jade Rabbit rover has already reportedly sent over 4600 images back to the Blue planet.