Rover explores moon

An image of a rabbit can be seen in the dark shapes on the surface of the moon.
An image of a rabbit can be seen in the dark shapes on the surface of the moon.

On December 14, 2013, China National Space Administration landed spacecraft Chang’e-3 at Sinus Iridum (Latin for Bay of Rainbows) on the moon.

In the days after the landing, Chang’e-3 successfully charged and initialised its cargo, a lunar rover nicknamed Yutu or Jade Rabbit.

The Jade Rabbit has since started to explore the lunar surface, taking new images and collecting data.

The rover will continue to complete a three-month mission, which will include simple analysis of soil samples, images and real time video transmission back to Earth.

In the southern hemisphere, moon gazers can see the shape of another rabbit on the moon.

The almost full moon will rise simultaneously alongside bright star-like Jupiter at 6.34pm on Wednesday, January 15.

Take a closer look at the moon and see if you can make out the image of a rabbit using the dark shapes on the surface of the moon.

While you search, think about Chang’e-3 and the Jade Rabbit that landed there recently.

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