Chinese moon rover enters lunar orbit: Xinhua
BEIJING (AFP) - China's first lunar rover entered the moon's orbit on Friday, state media reported, a key step towards the vessel's planned landing later this month.
The rover - known as Yutu, or Jade Rabbit - reached lunar orbit late on Friday, the official Xinhua news agency said, about 112 hours after it was launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwestern China.
It is expected to touch down on the moon in mid-December to explore its surface and search for natural resources.
The Chang'e-3 mission - named for the goddess of the moon in Chinese mythology, with the rover vehicle named after her pet - will make China the third country to land a rover on the moon, following the United States and the former Soviet Union decades ago.