China's lunar mission blasts off

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A rocket has blasted off from southwest China carrying the country’s first robotic lunar rover.

The so-called ‘Jade Rabbit’ buggy will land and explore the surface of the Moon. It is the next step in China’s ambitious space programme.

And not to miss out, the European Space Agency is also involved . Its network of tracking stations are being used to provide crucial support .

If all goes smoothly, the rover will conduct geological surveys and search for natural resources after the probe touches
down on the Moon later this month.

China is set to become the third country, after the United States and the former Soviet
Union, to land equipment on the moon.