Congratulations China! You just became the third country to land on, and explore, the surface of the Moon. It’s been almost 40 years since anyone else tried, which is remarkable itself really.
The craft that journeyed to the Moon is called Chang’e 3, named after a mythical lunar goddess in Chinese culture. The rover that landed today (and which took the above picture) is the solar-powered Yutu, or Jade Rabbit. It’s a mainly geological (geo?!) mission that will go on for about the next three months in the Sinus Iridum, the Bay of Rainbows.
Good luck Jade Rabbit – I hope you send us all some nice photos!
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