Thursday 14 December 2017

China lands space probe on moon

A woman tries out a moonwalker device at the China Science and Technology Museum in Beijing Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. China will attempt the world's first soft landing of a rover on the moon in nearly four decades Saturday, the latest step in the country's ambitious space program. The Chang'e 3 lander is scheduled to touch down at 9:40 p.m. (1340 GMT; 8:40 a.m. EST) Saturday, according to state media. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
A woman tries out a moonwalker device at the China Science and Technology Museum in Beijing Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. China will attempt the world's first soft landing of a rover on the moon in nearly four decades Saturday, the latest step in the country's ambitious space program. The Chang'e 3 lander is scheduled to touch down at 9:40 p.m. (1340 GMT; 8:40 a.m. EST) Saturday, according to state media. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
A child tries out a moonwalker device at the China Science and Technology Museum in Beijing Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. China will attempt the world's first soft landing of a rover on the moon in nearly four decades Saturday, the latest step in the country's ambitious space program. The Chang'e 3 lander is scheduled to touch down at 9:40 p.m. (1340 GMT; 8:40 a.m. EST) Saturday, according to state media. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

China has safely carried out the world's first soft landing of a space probe on the moon in nearly four decades, state media said.

State television showed pictures of the moon's surface as the Chang'e 3 lander touched down.

The lander carries a moon rover called Jade Rabbit that will separate from the lander and embark on a three-month scientific exploration.

China is the third country to carry out a lunar soft landing after the United States and the former Soviet Union. The last one was in 1976.

China's ambitious space programme is an enormous source of pride for the country. China plans to eventually land people on the moon.

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