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Chang'e 3/Yutu
Chang'e 3 / Yutu Mission to Earth's Moon

Goals: Chang'e 3 is China's first mission to set down a lander on the moon and deploy a small rover named Yutu to explore the surface. The China National Space Administration reports the landing target will be Sinus Iridium near Mare Imbrium.

Accomplishments: Chang'e 3 landed on the moon, making China the third nation to successfully land a spacecraft on the moon. The primary mission is now in progress.

Key Dates
2 Dec 2013:  Launch (17:30 UTC)
6 Dec 2013:  Lunar Orbit Insertion
14 Dec 2013:  Lunar Landing
Status: In Flight
Fast Facts
Chang'e 3/Yutu Facts This is the first lunar soft landing mission since the Soviet Union's Luna 24 in August 1976.

Chang'e 3 is the third robotic rover mission to the moon.

The mission is a follow up to China's successful Chang'e 1 and Chang'e 2 missions.

Chang'e comes from a Chinese legend about a young goddess (above) who flew to the Moon.

The lunar rover is called Yutu, or Jade Rabbit, who was the pet rabbit of the goddess Chang'e.
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Last Updated: 14 Dec 2013