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State TV in China broadcasts Moon landing

China successfully carried out the world's first soft landing of a space probe on the moon in nearly four decades, state media said. Saturday's successful mission is the latest stage in an ambitious space program that aims to eventually put a Chinese astronaut on the moon. The unmanned Chang'e 3 lander, named after a mythical Chinese goddess of the moon, touched down on Earth's nearest neighbour following a 12-minute landing process. State-run China Central Television showed a computer-generated image of the Chang'e 3 lander's path as it approached the surface of the moon. As it was just hundreds of yards away, the lander's camera began broadcasting images of the moon's surface. The probe carries a six-wheeled moon rover called "Yutu," or "Jade Rabbit," the goddess' pet. After landing on a fairly flat, Earth-facing part of the moon, the rover was scheduled to separate from Chang'e eight hours later and embark on a three-month scientific exploration. China sent its first taikonaut into space in 2003, becoming the third nation after Russia and the United States to achieve manned space travel independently. Source: APTNGet the latest headlines to The Telegraph us on Facebook us on Twitter us on Google+ and are websites of The Daily Telegraph, the UK's best-selling quality daily newspaper providing news and analysis on UK and world events, business, sport, lifestyle and culture.

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