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Who's afraid of Jade Rabbit? China lands first probe on the moon in 37 years

China has safely carried out the world's first soft landing of a space probe on the moon in nearly four decades, state media said.

A child tries out a moonwalker device at the China Science and Technology Museum in Beijing Saturday
A child tries out a moonwalker device at the China Science and Technology Museum in Beijing Saturday

State television showed pictures of the moon's surface as the Chang'e 3 lander touched down.

The lander carries a moon rover called Jade Rabbit that will separate from the lander and embark on a three-month scientific exploration.

China is the third country to carry out a lunar soft landing after the United States and the former Soviet Union. The last one was in 1976.

China's ambitious space programme is an enormous source of pride for the country. China plans to eventually land people on the moon.

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