China carries out first soft landing on moon in 37 years

By Simon Denyer, December 14, 2013

BEIJING — China completed the first soft landing on the moon’s surface in 37 years Saturday, becoming only the third country to pull off the feat.

State television showed scientists in white and pale-blue coats applauding, shaking hands and congratulating each other after the craft, Chang’e-3, landed safely at 9:12 p.m. local time. It also showed photographs of the moon’s surface beamed back from the craft.

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