Previous Luna missions included a rover called the Jade Rabbit, which was fraught with technical difficulties and was designated incapacitated.
China has also had good success with its manned missions to low Earth orbit, sending up several individuals and teams, since 2003. But it is the unmanned missions that will grab the headlines in the coming months.
Ultimately China is aiming at a Luna probe mission, dubbed Chang’e-4, to take place possibly in 2015. and the Chang'e-5 in 2017 that will put a rover on the surface to collect samples, then returning them to Earth.
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