China Is Now the Third Country to Successfully 'Soft Land' on the Moon

Researchers work in the control room of the Chang'e 3 lunar probe at the Beijing Aerospace Control Center,.

Researchers work in the control room of the Chang'e 3 lunar probe at the Beijing Aerospace Control Center,. AP

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The Chang’e-3, an unmanned spacecraft carrying a lunar rover that will carry out experiments and collect geological samples, left earth about two weeks ago.

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.

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