Dec. 21 - China's state media releases a panoramic image of its Chang'e 3 moon rover landing area on the moon. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Chinese state media on Friday (December 20) released a panoramic picture showing the rover's landing area on the moon, one week after the country's first probe landed successfully. China landed an unmanned spacecraft on the moon on Saturday (December 14), and a moon buggy, or rover, named "Jade rabbit" rolled onto the surface of the moon, state media said. The State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense said that Chang'e 3 has started its scientific operation on the moon's surface since its landing, China's state television CCTV reported. Chief designer of the Chang'e 3 probing system said that the lander-mounted camera took 60 pictures from three different angles. Scientists then pieced them together to form the panoramic picture. The date the pictures were taken was not available. China said last week that it aims to launch the next generation of unmanned moon probe in 2017 with the key aim of collecting and bringing back lunar samples. Advancing China's space programme has been a priority for the leadership, with President Xi Jinping calling for China to establish itself as a space power. China has been increasingly ambitious in developing its space programmes, for military, commercial and scientific purposes.