Video of China's Historic Moon Landing Released

At approximately 3 minutes into the video, the Chang’e 3 lander rotates to begin its vertical descent onto Sinus Iridum (the Bay of Rainbows), an ancient lava plain in the moon’s northern hemisphere. The descent onto lunar regolith had a very Apollo-landing feel as the lander’s thrusters blew moon dust away from the landing site at around the 6 minute mark. Then, as the lander reached 4 meters from the surface, its engines switched off, causing the robot to drop, unaided, the rest of the way.

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