China's first moon rover, Yutu, separated from the lander early on Sunday morning, several hours after Chang'e-3 probe soft-landed on the moon.
China's lunar probe soft-lands on moon
A Chinese lunar probe soft landed on the moon at 9:11 pm on Saturday, making China the first nation to put a probe on the moon in nearly four decades. As an estimated hundreds of millions watched China Central Television's live broadcast, the 3,780-kilogram probe Chang'e-3 began at 9 pm to descend on a parabolic trajectory from 15 kilometers above the moon's surface.
The 10-year program is expected to select 10,000 of the brightest minds to lay a solid foundation for the country’s development of science and technology. They are considered Chinese hopefuls for a Nobel Prize in natural sciences. We invited four top scientists to talk about their personal ambitions and their opinions of China’s likelihood of winning the Nobel Prize.
China is accelerating its efforts to tap vast metal deposits on the ocean floor, with manned submersible Jiaolong scheduled to dive in the country's two contract areas in the northwest Pacific and the southwest Indian Ocean next year.