A Chinese lunar rover landed Saturday, making China the third country to ever successfully “soft-land” on the moon.
On Saturday morning, Chinese state television reported the Chang’e-3, an unmanned spacecraft carrying a lunar rover that will carry out experiments and collect geological samples, “soft-landed” on the moon. The ship left earth about two weeks ago. A soft-landing occurs when the rocket is designed to touch down as gently as possible. Yes, they are generally preferred to hard landings.