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.

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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.