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Mining the moon is pie in the sky for China: Experts

Published on Dec 15, 2013 12:23 PM
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A model of a lunar rover known as The Yutu, or Jade Rabbit on display at the China International Industry Fair 2013 in Shanghai on on Nov 5, 2013. China's moon rover will survey for minerals on a dusty, barren crater named the Bay of Rainbows, but experts say there may be no pot of gold on the Earth's natural satellite. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (AFP) - China's moon rover will survey for minerals on a dusty, barren crater named the Bay of Rainbows, but experts say there may be no pot of gold on the Earth's natural satellite.

The potential to extract the moon's resources has been touted as a key reason behind China's space programme, which made its latest breakthrough on Saturday with the landing of its first lunar rover.

State media said early on Sunday that the rover vehicle had been deployed on the moon's surface.

It is the first such mission for 40 years, after the United States and former Soviet Union did so, and the first soft landing on the lunar surface of any kind since 1976.

 
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