China lands robot on Moon in landmark mission

China has successfully carried out the world's first soft landing of a space probe on the moon in nearly four decades.

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Moon rover to be controlled by European Space Agency

China successfully carried out its soft landing of a space probe on the moon in nearly four decades, state media said.

Saturday's successful mission is the latest stage in an ambitious space program that aims to eventually put a Chinese astronaut on the moon.

The rover will be remotely controlled by Chinese control centres with support from a network of tracking and transmission stations around the world operated by the European Space Agency (ESA). The probe and the rover are expected to photograph each other on Sunday.


China successfully soft lands on moon for first time

A Chinese spacecraft landed successfully on the moon today, 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.

China Central Television (CCTV) broadcast images of the Chang'e-3 probe's location and a computer generated image of the probe on the surface of the moon.

A photograph taken on a giant screen at the Beijing Aerospace Control Center in Beijing Credit: Reuters

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.

Beijing Aerospace Control Center staff clap as moon rover lands. Credit: APTN
Staff at the Beijing Aerospace Control Center congratulate each other on mission. Credit: APTN
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