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Chang'e 3 Photos: China's 1st Moon Lander & Rover Mission

ESA Celebrates China Moon Landing

ESOC

European Space Agency and China National Space Administration teams at the European Space Agency’s European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany celebrate Chang'e 3's lunar touchdown. ESA ground stations continue to monitor signals from China’s lander on the moon. [China Lands On Moon: Read the Full Story Here]

Yutu Rover Aboard Chang'e 3 Moon Lander

CNTV

A camera on China's Chang'e lunar lander shows the Yutu rover in its carrier just before deployment to the lunar surface on Dec. 14, 2013. [China's 1st Lunar Rover Drives On the Moon: Read the Full Story Here]

Chang'e 3 Yutu Rover Deploys on the Moon

CNTV

An artist's depiction of China's Yutu rover being deployed on the moon by the Chang'e 3 lunar lander is shown in this still image from a state-run CNTV TV broadcast. Chang'e 3 landed on the moon on Dec. 14, 2013.Chang'e 3 delivered the Yutu rover to the moon with its successful landing. [China Lands On Moon: Read the Full Story Here]

China's Chang'e 3 Mission Control

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

This image shows the view inside China's mission control center in Beijing for the Chang'e 3 moon lander and rover mission in December 2013.

Chang'e 3 Orbit Around the Moon

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

The lunar orbit of China's Chang'e 3 moon lander carrying the Yutu rover is shown in this graphic released by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation. Chang'e 3 will land on the moon on Dec. 14, 2013.

China's Yutu Moon Rover: Chang'e 3

China National Space Administration

China's first-ever moon landing mission, called Chang'e 3, will include the first Chinese rover ever to set down on an extraterrestrial landscape. See images from the Chang'e 3/Yutu rover mission here.

An artist's illustration of China's Yutu (Jade Rabbit) moon rover on the lunar surface. The rover and a lander are part of China's Chang'e 3 mission to the moon's Bay of Rainbows. [Read the Full Launch Story for China's 1st Moon Rover Mission]

China's Chang'e 3 Moon Rover Mission Profile

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

China's Chang'e 3 moon mission, the country's first flight to land a rover on the moon, is depicted in this graphic released by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation. The mission launched on Dec. 2, 2013 Beijing Time and arrived in lunar orbit less than five days later.

China's Chang'e 3 Moon Mission Launches

CCTV

A Chinese Long March 3B rocket launches China's first moon rover Yutu (Jade Rabbit) on the Chang'e 3 lunar landing mission from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center on Dec. 2, 2013 local time (Dec. 1 EST) in this still image from a CCTV broadcast. [Read the Full Launch Story for China's 1st Moon Rover Mission]

Chang'e 3 Launch View: Rocket Boosters

CCTV

[Read the Full Launch Story for China's 1st Moon Rover Mission]

China's Chang'e 3 Spacecraft Separation

CCTV

hina's Chang'e 3 spacecraft carrying the country's Yutu (Jade Rabbit) moon rover separates from its Long March 3B rocket in this still image from a CCTV broadcast after the successful launch from Xichang Satellite Launch Center on Dec. 2, 2013 local time (Dec. 1 EST). [Read the Full Launch Story for China's 1st Moon Rover Mission]

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