|Photo taken on Dec. 14, 2013 shows the lunar probe Chang'e-3 on the screen of the Beijing Aerospace Control Center in Beijing, capital of China. China's lunar probe Chang'e-3 has started soft-landing on the moon as it began decelerating from 15 km above the lunar surface. (Xinhua/Li Xin)|
BEIJING, Dec. 14 -- China's first moon rover, Yutu, or Jade Rabbit, will separate from the lander early on Sunday, several hours after the Chang'e-3 probe soft-landed on the lunar surface.
Chang'e-3 landed on the moon's Sinus Iridum, or the Bay of Rainbows, at about 9:12 p.m. Saturday, making China the third country in the world to carry out such a rover mission after the United States and former Soviet Union.