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Chang'e 3 and Yutu Rover


Launched in December 2013, China's Chang'e 3 moon landing mission marked the country's first-ever landing on another celestial body. It landed on Dec. 14 carrying the Yutu rover - another China first - and is the first soft-landing on the moon in 37 years, following the former Soviet Union's Luna 24 in 1976. [China Lands On Moon: Read the Full Story Here]

The six-wheeled Yutu rover is a solar-powered vehicle equipped with cameras, a robotic arm tipped with science gear and a radar system attached to its underbelly.

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