China’s First Moon Rover to Head for the Moon Next Month
China chose the name Yutu for their first moon rover that is scheduled to the moon next month. The name Yutu was deprived from Jade Rabbit a mythical creature that is said to be living in the moon based on an ancient Chinese tale. The name was chosen from a million names that was submitted during an online poll were people were asked to come up with a name for the Chinese moon rover.
The name for the rover was announced at a press conference by the deputy commander in chief for the lunar program Li Benzheng who also said that the rover will act as a symbol of kindness, agility and purity and is almost the same with the moon rover in outlook and connotation. The rover will also depict China’s plans for a peaceful use for space projects.
Chinese social media users welcomed that name and are looking forward to seeing the Jade Rabbit in action, the name was chosen in an online pool with more than 3 million respondents. Other names submitted were Tansun or explorer and Qian Xuesen a scientist who was known as the father of the Chinese space program.