China landed a rover on the moon this weekend. It has been close to 40 years since a spacecraft from Earth has touched down on the soil of the moon, and this is a big step for China. To name the rover, a public survey was taken, and “The Jade Rabbit” received the most votes.
The Chang’e 3, the lander that carried the rover, is equipped with some high tech instruments, including some dedicated toward science and exploring. Chang’e 3 has an optical ultraviolet telescope which will be used for astronomy, and an ultraviolet camera for monitoring space weather. The Jade Rabbit Rover is equipped with panoramic cameras an X-ray spectrometer which will be used to analyze rocks and soil, and ground penetrating radar which can look down several hundred feet into the soil.
Check out the videos below showing the launch and landing of the Chang’e 3.