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China’s first lunar rover enters the moon’s orbit

China’s first lunar rover entered the moon’s orbit on Friday, state media reported, a key step towards the vessel’s planned landing later this month. The rover — known as Yutu, or Jade Rabbit — reached lunar orbit late Friday, the official Xinhua news agency said, about 112 hours after it…

Chinese military launch ‘Jade Rabbit’ lunar rover

China launched its first moon rover mission early Monday, state TV showed, the latest step in an ambitious space programme seen as a symbol of its rising global stature. The Chang’e-3 rocket carrying the Jade Rabbit rover blasted off around 1:30 am (Sunday 1730 GMT) into the dark sky, the…