November 26th, 2013
08:28 PM ET

China to launch first moon mission in December

China is launching the country's first lunar probe next month.

Officials say the spacecraft will release a six-wheeled lunar rover equipped with four cameras and two mechanical legs to dig up soil samples. It will patrol the moon's surface for at least three months.

China to launch first moon mission next month

A public vote determined the name of the lunar rover - they're calling it "Yutu" which means jade rabbit in Chinese folklore.

China's space program is trying to take on America, and win.

David McKenzie is OutFront from Beijing.

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