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Moon success for China

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China's Jade Rabbit rover vehicle sent back photos from the moon Sunday after the first lunar soft landing in nearly four decades. 

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Photo taken on November 5, 2013 shows a model of a lunar rover known as The Yutu, or Jade Rabbit on display at the China International Industry Fair 2013 in Shanghai. AFP

China's lunar rover sends back first photos from moon

China's Jade Rabbit rover vehicle sent back photos from the moon Sunday after the first lunar soft landing in nearly four decades marked a huge advance in the country's ambitious space programme.

The Yutu, or Jade Rabbit, was deployed at 4:35 am (2035 GMT Saturday), several hours after the Chang'e-3 probe landed on the moon, said the official news agency Xinhua.

The rover and lander began taking photos of each other late Sunday, including one that showed the bright red and yellow stars of the Chinese flag on the Jade Rabbit as it stands on the moon's surface.

Xinhua said the photographing began at about 11:42 pm after the rover moved to a spot a few metres away from the lander.

The colour images were transmitted live to the Beijing Aerospace Control Centre, where Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang watched the broadcast.

China is the third country to complete a lunar rover mission after the United States and the former Soviet Union – a decade after it first sent an astronaut into space.

Beijing plans to establish a permanent space station by 2020 and eventually send a human to the moon.

The mission is seen as a symbol of China's rising global stature and technological advancement, as well as the Communist Party's success in reversing the fortunes of the once-impoverished nation.

The Chang'e-3 rocket carrying the Jade Rabbit rover blasts off, from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwest province of Sichuan on December 2, 2013. AFP

The landing, nearly two weeks after blast-off, was the first of its kind since the former Soviet Union's mission in 1976. AFP

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Vocabulary:

advance: progress or an instance of progress in science, technology, human knowledge etc - การพัฒนา, การก้าวหน้า

advancement: the process of helping something to make progress or succeed; the progress that is made การพัฒนา, การรุดหน้า, ความเติบโต, ความคืบหน้า - การพัฒนา, การรุดหน้า, ความเติบโต, ความคืบหน้า

aerospace: the industry of building aircraft, vehicles and equipment to be sent into space; the atmosphere of the Earth and the space beyond it - เกี่ยวกับอวกาศหรือยานอวกาศ

ambitious: needing a great amount of skill and effort to be successful or be achieved - ใฝ่สูง, มักใหญ่ใฝ่สูง, ทะเยอทะยาน

astronaut: a person whose job involves travelling and working in a spacecraft - มนุษย์อวกาศ

blast-off: the moment when a spacecraft leaves the ground -

broadcast: a programme that can be seen or heard on television or radio - แพร่ภาพกระจายเสียง

decade: a period of ten years - ทศวรรษ

deploy: to put into position and made ready for use - การนำลงประจำท้องที่

establish: to start something, e.g. a company, organisation, fund, project, etc. that will likely continue for a long time - สถาปนา, ก่อตั้ง, จัดตั้ง

fair: a public event to show people about something or to entertain people - งาน

fortunes: luck, well being - โชค

global: throughout the world - ทั่วโลก

impoverished: very poor - ยากจน

live: happening now, i.e., not recorded earlier - ถ่ายทอดสด

lunar: of or relating to the moon - เกี่ยวกับพระจันทร์

mark: to show that something is happening or happened - เป็นเครืองแสดง เป็นการเริ่มต้น

mission: a flight into space - การเคลื่อนที่หรือการวิ่งสู่เป้าหมายของจรวด

on display: able to seen; putting something in a particular place so that people can see it easily - โชว์, แสดง

permanent: happening or existing for a long time or for all time in the future - ถาวร  

reverse: to change and stop going in one direction and go in the other - เปลี่ยนแปลง

rover: a small vehicle used for travelling on the surface of a planet -

spot: the particular place where someone or something is or happened - ที่, สถานที่

stature: reputation - ชื่อเสียง

surface: the outside or top layer of something - ผิวหน้า, ผิวภายนอก, ด้านนอก

symbol: someone or something that represents a particular idea or quality - สัญลักษณ์

transmitted: sent - ส่ง

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