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News Archive / Tagged: Chang’e 3

  • China’s Yutu ‘Jade Rabbit’ still working – but immobile

    Jason RhianMarch 5th, 2015

    The first lunar lander that the nation of China has fielded, Yutu (Chinese for the “Jade Rabbit”) is, in some aspects, paralyzed. The rover is still technically functioning — but it is incapable of moving. Launched in late 2013, the rover touched down on the Moon’s surface on Dec. 14, 2013, and ceased roving the […]

  • Spaceflight in 2013: A Year in Review

    SpaceFlight InsiderDecember 31st, 2013

    As 2013 comes to a close, it is a fitting time to look back and reflect on what has been an eventful year in spaceflight.

  • Destination Moon: Chang’e 3 conducts historic soft-landing on the Moon

    SpaceFlight InsiderDecember 14th, 2013

    In what could be considered a historic day for spaceflight, the Chinese Chang’e 3 lunar lander carrying the Yutu rover onboard, successfully soft-landed on the Moon today, at 8:11 a.m. EST (1311 GMT), within Sinus Iridum, or the “Bay of Rainbows.” This feat represents a historic achievement for China, which became just the third nation […]

  • Chinese rover set to become the sixth lunar roving vehicle

    David DarlingDecember 10th, 2013

    Having successfully entered a 62-mile-high orbit around the Moon on December 6 (Beijing time), China’s Chang’e 3 spacecraft is being prepared for a lunar landing attempt currently scheduled for Dec. 15. Once on the ground, the spacecraft will release a rover, called Yutu, which, if everything goes according to plan, will become the third robotic […]

  • Chang’e 3 soars to the Moon, following impressive night-time launch

    SpaceFlight InsiderDecember 1st, 2013

    Staying true to the nature of its mythological namesake, the Moon-bound Chinese lander Chang’e 3 thundered into the skies at 17:30 GMT today above the Xichang Satellite Launch Center located in mainland China atop a Long March 3B launch vehicle. Chang’e 3’s historic launch, which was carried live by China’s state television, is of double […]