China becomes third country to 'soft-land' on Moon

China appears to have become only the third country to "soft-land" on the moon's surface.

China's first lunar rover landed on the moon today, less than two weeks after it blasted off from Earth, according to Chinese state media.

A soft landing occurs when a spacecraft lands at a sufficiently low velocity for the equipment to remain undamaged.

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China lands robot on Moon in landmark mission

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