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China's first Rover to land on Moon today

Posted: 12/14/2013 01:31 PM IST | Updated: 08/22/2014 05:11 PM IST

China is aiming to become the third country to carry out a rover mission on Moon following the United States and Russia. The mission Chang'e 3 blasted off its March3B carrier rocket 12 days ago is expected to land on the Moon at 9: 40 PM Beijing time. The landing of the rocket takes place for 12 minutes and this is key factor for the Chang'e 3 Mission. The landing craft will use sensors and 3D imaging to identify a flat surface for a safe landing and Thrusters get deployed 100 metres from the lunar surface to guide the craft in a perfect position.

After the landing the Rover gets separated from the craft and will travel around 200 meters per hour said the Shanghai Aerospace Systems Engineering Research Institute.  China which is planning to establish a permanent space station on its own by 2020 has been progressing through successfully. Eventually they want to send human to the moon and seek all the possibilities of their space development programs. The Chang’e-3 mission is named after the goddess of the moon in Chinese mythology and the rover vehicle is named Yutu, or Jade Rabbit, after her pet.

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