A new desk-sized rover has begun exploring the Moon.
Launched two weeks ago by the
Chinese National Space Administration, the
landed on the Moon yesterday and deployed the robotic rover.
Yutu, named for a folklore lunar
has a scheduled three-month mission to explore several kilometers inside the
(Latin for "Bay of Rainbows") impact crater.
Yutu's cameras and spectrometers will investigate surface features and
ground penetrating radar will investigate deep soil
Chang'e 3 achieved the first soft Moon landing since the Soviet Union's
Luna 24 in 1976,
and Yutu is the first lunar rover deployed since the USSR's
imaged from its
lander yesterday soon after rolling onto the Moon.
Chinese National Space Administration,