The Chinese are expected to launch the Chang’e 3 lunar lander this Sunday, December 1st. This would be the first spacecraft to make a soft landing on the Moon since the Soviet Union did it with the Luna 24 rover in 1976.
Here’s a map of the Moon showing where the landing is expected to occur.
The Chinese space agency held a public contest to name the rover and Yutu or Jade Rabbit was the winner. Yutu was the “legendary companion of the goddess Chang’e”.
More about Yutu at
- Chinese moon lander on the verge of launch – Spaceflight Now
- Chang’e 3 may launch December 1 with Yutu rover, will not harm LADEE mission | The Planetary Society
- China readies moon rover mission – Xinhua
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