December 2, 2013 | Suzy

China's 'Jade Rabbit' rover is on its way to the Moon. It hopped off from Xiachang in south China inside a Long March rocket yesterday evening.

Besides having the cutest name ever, the rover boasts kit to explore the Moon's surface and ground-penetrating radar to measure the lunar soil and crust. It could help Chinese scientists find out more about the Moon's resources and test tech for future missions.

This Asian superpower seems to have big plans for the Moon - I wonder what's next.


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This lunar lander from the Chang'e3 mission will deliver Jade Rabbit to the lunar surface in mid December.


Image: flickr/Joel Raupe

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Jade Rabbit

December 3, 2013 at 15:56

Flyyyy me to the moon and let me play among the stars....

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