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  • China to launch moon rover mission to scout out locations for a lunar base (9:30am PST/12:30pm EST)

    12/01/2013 8:03:37 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 126 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 30NOV2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    China will tomorrow become the first country in almost 40 years to soft-land a probe on the moon, in a huge step forward for its ambitious space programme. The nation will become the third in history to launch a lunar probe when the device, named 'Jade Rabbit' after a Chinese folklore character, launches at 5.30pm on Sunday evening, which is 1.30am local time. The mission forms part of a plan in which China hopes to build a permanent lunar base in order to launch future missions to Mars within the next 15 years.