China is to launch the Chang’e-3 lunar probe in early December, the nation’s State Administration of Science and Technology for the National Defence Industry announced yesterday. Chang’e-3 will have a lander and a lunar rover. It would be the first time a Chinese spacecraft has soft-landed on the surface of an extraterrestrial body. The rover is called “Yu Tu” – the Jade Hare, after a Chinese ancient myth of Chang’e who has been worshiped for thousand years as goddess of the moon. China has launched two lunar probes, Chang’e-1 on 24th October 2007, and Chang’e-2 on 1st October 2010.