"China says it has successfully landed a craft carrying a robotic rover on the surface of the Moon, the first soft landing there for 37 years.
On Saturday afternoon (December 14, GMT), a landing module used thrusters to touch down, marking the latest step in China’s ambitious space exploration programme.
Several hours later, the lander will deploy a robotic rover called Yutu, which translates as “Jade Rabbit”.
The touchdown took place on a flat plain called Sinus Iridum (“The Bay of Rainbows”).
The landing site is a flat volcanic plain, part of a larger feature known as Mare Imbrium that forms the right eye of the “Man in the Moon”.
The lander will operate there for a year, while the rover is expected to work for some three months.
After this, a mission to bring samples of lunar soil back to Earth is planned for 2017. And this may set the stage for further robotic missions, and - perhaps - a crewed lunar mission in the 2020s.
To summarize: The Jade Rabbit has landed in the Bay of Rainbows, the right eye of the Man in the Moon (sounds like a fairy tale).