Chang'e 3, China's first lunar probe, successfully landed
on the moon at 9.12pm Beijing time on December 14, making
China the third country in the world, after Russia and the
US, to have climbed onto the celestial lighthouse.
The location in which Lady
Chang'e descended is said to be Rainbow Bay, in the
northweast of a water-less Sea of Rains.
The bay, covering a vicinity roughly about 300km long and
100km wide, was formed by meteorites strike. It is an area
near north point that the mankind knows nothing about so
far. Previously, the manned and unmanned landings by both
Russians and Americans concentrated on the region along the
Unlike the "blind landings" in the past, the camping
site of Chang'e 3 has been well surveyed by Chang'e 2 which
helped the probe to touch down smoothly.
by May Maher
Footage: Chang'e -3 'Jade Rabbit' lunar Probe Landed
on the Moon
It is the first time for a probe to visit the moon since
year when the Soviet Union launched it's last lunar mission "USSR
probe Luna 24"
before itself fell flat on the ground after being beaten
hollow from inside and outside by its lunar campaign rival,
the US; and a year when a palace/military coup master-minded
by Deng Xiaoping took place after the death of Chairman
Mao and Premier Zhou, followed by Deng becoming the
regent of the country.
Chairman Mao once warned his people the danger of seeing
China to have its satellites flying onto the sky but its
red flag falling in the dirt (卫星上天，红旗落地).
Saidly, it is China's reality now, well, almost.
Will an event occurred in 1976 also revisit China?