News / Science & Technology

China Launches Moon Rover Mission

The Long March-3B rocket carrying the Chang'e-3 lunar probe blasts off from the launch pad at Xichang Satellite Launch Center, Sichuan province, in the early morning hours, Dec. 2, 2013.
The Long March-3B rocket carrying the Chang'e-3 lunar probe blasts off from the launch pad at Xichang Satellite Launch Center, Sichuan province, in the early morning hours, Dec. 2, 2013.
VOA News
China says the launch of its first ever robotic mission to the moon's surface has been a success

The Chang'e-3 lunar probe, which includes the "Jade Rabbit" rover buggy, blasted off early Monday from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in China's southwestern Sichuan province.

The probe is scheduled to land on the moon in mid-December to explore its surface and look for natural resources. China aims to become only the third nation to carry out a lunar rover mission following ones from the United States and former Soviet Union decades earlier.

Morris Jones, an Australia-based independent Asia space analyst, says this mission is, in many ways, China's most ambitious.

"Landing on the moon is going to be tricky," Jones said. "The moon is fairly treacherous terrain. There is no pilot on board, and so it's going to take a lot of skill by the onboard computer to steer the vehicle to a safe landing."

This craft is expected to make a "soft" lunar landing, which was last accomplished by the Soviet Union in 1976. “Hard” crash landings are easier, and China crashed a craft into the moon in 2009.

President Xi Jinping has said he wants China to establish itself as a space superpower, and the mission has inspired widespread pride in China's growing technological prowess.

The RAND Corporation's Scott Harold said the space program underscores China's technological nationalism.

"It's definitely a part of the Chinese government's efforts to show that they are coming of age," Harold said. "They are really increasing their technological sophistication and they're playing on a very big stage."

Online reactions to the launch from the Chinese public were mixed, ranging from expressions of pride of country to criticism that the accomplishment was done without the consent of the people and did nothing to help clothe and feed the population.

Beijing aims to establish a permanent space station by 2020 and eventually send someone to the moon.

In 2007, China launched its first moon orbiter, the Chang'e-1 - named after a lunar goddess - which took images of the surface and analyzed the distribution of elements.

You May Like

China May Be Biggest Winner From Ukraine Crisis

Missile sales, oil and gas shipments are among many areas that may drive Beijing and Moscow closer together in coming years More

Obama Faces Chaotic World, Limits of Power

Current foreign policy issues bring into focus challenges for US policymakers who are mindful of Americans' waning appetite for overseas military engagements More

SADC Meeting Lesotho Officials to Resolve Stalemate

Official says regional bloc has been engaged with leaders in Lesotho to resolve political disagreement that led to coup attempt More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Bender from: Italy
December 02, 2013 12:30 PM
Come on America! Wake up!
What are you waiting for?
What does it happening to you?
Where is next spacecraft, after the Shuttle?
Come on guys, America is your name!


by: Lin from: UK
December 02, 2013 11:07 AM
I would like to say to D. Stewart, that he is correct, the Chinese are not innovative thinkers like the Jews, they are not very productive workers like the Germans and they are not very resourceful engineers like the Americans. They are just like blood suckers who would copy everything and manufacture it cheaply because they hate they own kind. You have no idea of the brutality they show each other. they are diseased and contaminated people.

In Response

by: cal from: canada
December 02, 2013 12:51 PM
Say nothing, wait for another 10 years, then see what happens.


by: lin from: China
December 02, 2013 6:40 AM
Great job!

In Response

by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
December 03, 2013 5:31 PM
Yes, if soft landing is completed successfully.


by: D. Stewart from: USA
December 02, 2013 5:25 AM
I have been involved, junior capacity, with several missions. and I am disgusted to learn how little the Chinese have shared their experience. well, really they have shared nothing. and almost all their program had been copied (duplicated) from ours. China is a disgusting regime with a degenerated mentality. do not trust the Chinese...!!

In Response

by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
December 03, 2013 6:49 PM
I partly agree with you. We could notice that there are few inventions nor innovations made by Chinese people contibuting to developement and welfare of mankind. Look, how few Chinese people have won Nobel prize! What I can recall is only gunpowder probably as an invention of Chinese.

China has a so great number of population that there must be not a few genius who can play such a useful role for mankind. China has a mission not for threatenning neighbors but educating its nation contributing to progress of human life.

In Response

by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
December 02, 2013 10:22 AM
If all Chinese techs copied from you then why you need them to be shared?
America keeps China out from all it's space programs including the international spacestation programs, why should China share any of hers?
America is the most disgusting regime!


by: Dick from: Vietnam
December 02, 2013 1:46 AM
Use the knowledge and technology to do good thing.
Please do not use it to invade or build tension in the Southeast Asia region.

In Response

by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
December 03, 2013 5:28 PM
To Dick, I agree with you. China is aiming at getting the moon to its territory!?

In Response

by: xu from: Japan
December 02, 2013 6:43 AM
it is a scientific research. there is nothing related to the Southeast Asia region, ok?


by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
December 02, 2013 12:21 AM
Go China go! I am so proud of my motherland!
Wish the whole mission successful!


by: Totti from: Tokyo
December 01, 2013 11:44 PM
Great work, and I hope this will help people to reliaze the universe.


by: Jeff
December 01, 2013 6:44 PM
Congrats to China on their first mission to the Moon's surface!

In Response

by: Brent from: USA
December 04, 2013 2:44 PM
China is a fascist nation that must be challenged at every turn. They are predatory data & technology thieves. They violate all human rights norms. They really do not belong to the group of advanced nations - they just stole the technology to make themselves look like pioneers. I hope the Chinese people revolt soon.

In Response

by: Pete1994 from: China
December 01, 2013 8:09 PM
I feel so proud.Congrats to China.Hope China will succeed in achieving the mission.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
West Africa Ebola Vaccine Trials Possible by Early 2015i
X
Carol Pearson
August 30, 2014 7:14 PM
A U.S. health agency is speeding up clinical trials of a possible vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus that so far has killed more than 1,500 people in West Africa. If successful, the next step would be a larger trial in countries where the outbreak is occurring. VOA's Carol Pearson has more.
Video

Video West Africa Ebola Vaccine Trials Possible by Early 2015

A U.S. health agency is speeding up clinical trials of a possible vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus that so far has killed more than 1,500 people in West Africa. If successful, the next step would be a larger trial in countries where the outbreak is occurring. VOA's Carol Pearson has more.
Video

Video Survivors Commemorate 70th Anniversary of Nazi Liquidation of Jewish Ghetto

When the German Nazi army occupied the Polish city of Lodz in 1939, it marked the beginning of a long nightmare for the Jewish community that once made up one third of the population. Roughly 200,000 people were forced into the Lodz Ghetto. Less than 7,000 survived. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, some survivors gathered at the Union League Club in Chicago on the 70th anniversary of the liquidation of the Lodz Ghetto to remember those who suffered at the hands of the Nazi regime.
Video

Video Cost to Raise Child in US Continues to Rise

The cost of raising a child in the United States continues to rise. In its latest annual report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says middle income families with a child born in 2013 can expect to spend more than $240,000 before that child turns 18. And sending that child to college more than doubles that amount. VOA’s Deborah Block visited with a couple with one child in Alexandria, Virginia, to learn if the report reflects their lifestyle.
Video

Video Chaotic Afghan Vote Recount Threatens Nation’s Future

Afghanistan’s troubled presidential election continues to be rocked by turmoil as an audit of the ballots drags on. The U.N. says the recount will not be completed before September 10. Observers say repeated disputes and delays are threatening the orderly transfer of power and could have dangerous consequences. VOA correspondent Meredith Buel reports.
Video

Video Ukraine Battles Pro-Russia Rebel Assault

After NATO concluded an emergency meeting to discuss the crisis in eastern Ukraine, the country is struggling to contain heavy fighting near the strategic port of Mariupol, on the Azov Sea. Separatist rebels are trying to capture the city, allegedly with Russian military help, and Ukraine's defense forces are digging in. VOA's Daniel Schearf spoke with analysts about what lies ahead for Ukraine.
Video

Video Growing Business Offers Paint with a Twist of Wine

Two New Orleans area women started a small business seven years ago with one thing in mind: to help their neighbors relieve the stress of coping with a hurricane's aftermath. Today their business, which pairs painting and a little bit of wine, has become one of the fastest growing franchises across the U.S. VOA’s June Soh met the entrepreneurs at their newest franchise location in the Washington suburbs.
Video

Video Ebola Vaccine Trials To Begin Next Week

The National Institutes of Health says it is launching early stage trials of a vaccine to prevent the Ebola virus, which has infected or killed thousands of people across West Africa. The World Health Organization says Ebola could infect more than 20,000 people across the region by the time the outbreak is over. The epidemic has health experts and governments scrambling to prevent more people from becoming infected. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video Asian Bacteria Threatens Florida Orange Trees

Florida's citrus fruit industry is facing a serious threat from a bacteria carried by the Asian insect called psyllid. The widespread infestation again highlights the danger of transferring non-native species to American soil. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Aging Will Reduce Economic Growth Worldwide in Coming Decades

The world is getting older, fast. And as more people retire each year, fewer working-age people will be there to replace them. Bond rating agency Moody’s says that will lead to a decline in household savings; reducing global investments - which in turn, will lead to slower economic growth around the world. But experts say it’s not too late to mitigate the economic impact of the world’s aging populations. Mil Arcega has more.
Video

Video Is West Doing Enough to Tackle Islamic State?

U.S. President Barack Obama has ruled out sending ground troops to Iraq to fight militants of the so-called Islamic State, or ISIS, despite officials in Washington describing the extremist group as the biggest threat the United States has faced in years. Henry Ridgwell reports from London on the growing uncertainty over whether the West’s response to ISIS will be enough to defeat the terrorist threat.
Video

Video Coalition to Fight Islamic State Could Reward Assad

The United States along with European and Mideast allies are considering a broader assault against Islamic State fighters who have spread from Syria into Iraq and risk further destabilizing an already troubled region. But as VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports, confronting those militants could end up helping the embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Video

Video Made in America Socks Get Toehold in Online Fashion Market

Three young entrepreneurs are hoping to revolutionize the high-end sock industry by introducing all-American creations of their own. And they’re doing most of it the old-fashioned way. VOA’s Julie Taboh recently caught up with them to learn what goes into making their one-of-a-kind socks.
Video

Video Americans, Ex-Pats Send Relief Supplies to West Africa

Health organizations from around the world are sending supplies and specialists to the West African countries that are dealing with the worst Ebola outbreak in history. On a smaller scale, ordinary Americans and African expatriates living in the United States are doing the same. VOA's Carol Pearson reports.

AppleAndroid