The rear wheels of the Jade Rabbit touch the Lunar surface
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China's Jade Rabbit rover rolls onto Moon

15 December 2013 Last updated at 21:00 GMT

China's robotic Jade Rabbit lunar rover has driven off its landing module and on to the Moon's surface.

The robotic vehicle rolled down a ramp lowered by the lander and on to the volcanic plain known as Sinus Iridum.

The six-wheeled rover carries a sophisticated payload, including ground-penetrating radar which will gather measurements of the lunar soil and crust.

Helen Fawkes reports.