“Exploration of outer space is an unremitting pursuit of mankind,” China’s space agency, the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND) said in a statement.
The successful mission reflects “the new glory of China to scale the peaks in world science and technology areas,” it said, adding it was committed to exploring and using space “for peaceful purposes”.
The space agency also offered to step up cooperation with other countries in the field “to utilise outer space and benefit mankind as a whole.”
The silver rover is named Yutu or Jade Rabbit after the pet of Chang’e, the goddess of the moon in Chinese mythology.
The imprints of its tracks in the dark soil of the lunar surface can clearly be seen after it rotated to proudly display a red Chinese flag to the camera.
China first sent an astronaut into space a decade ago and is the third country to complete a lunar rover mission after theUnited States and the former Soviet Union.
The landing is a key step forward in Beijing’s ambitious military-run space programme, which include plans for a permanent orbiting station by 2020 and eventually sending a human to the moon.. see more