China’s Moon Lander Takes a Space Selfie

China’s Moon Lander Takes a Space Selfie

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China’s Moon Lander Takes a Space Selfie. China made history this weekend by becoming only the third nation to soft land an unmanned spacecraft on the moon.

China's Moon Lander Takes a Space Selfie

Soon after, the spacecraft’s Yutu (Jade Rabbit) rover was deployed and it took the opportunity to shoot what amounts to a “space selfie,” sending back an image of the Chang’e-3 to its handlers on Earth.

China's Moon Lander Takes a Space Selfie

Earlier this weekend, China state television also broadcast video (see above) of the rover making its first trek onto the surface of the moon. Chang’e-3’s successful landing marks the first such unmanned touchdown on the moon in nearly 40 years, the last one being Russia’s Luna 24 in 1976.

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