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Robotic Spacecraft on the Moon : Isis the Moon Lander and Jade Rabbit the Moon Rover





Posted: 17 June 2014
Chinese mothership

Above: Photo of Jade Rabbit (Yutu Rover) showing the first flag on the Moon taken by the Chinese Moon lander Isis (Chang'e 3 ).

Isis, also known as "Chang'e 3" (the Chinese Moon lander), soft landed on a region of the moon called the Bay of Rainbows on December 14, 2013.  Isis was the name given by the Chinese Space Agency for their Lander after the Moon Goddess in Chinese mythology who is known for having a pet rabbit. Since that time, the Moon Rover - "Jade Rabbit" - or "Yutu" in Chinese - was robotically released from Isis.  According to former NASA employee and science advisor Richard Hoagland when he was on Coast to Coast AM, the Chinese scientists will be using the cameras on the Chang'e 3 and Yutu rover to do parallax measurements of distances between anomalous landmarks or structures on the Moon. 


by Andi Boggs

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