China Shows Off Moon Rover Model Before Space Launch

China unveils a model of a lunar rover at the China International Industry Fair 2013 in Shanghai, on November 5, 2013China unveils a model of a lunar rover at the China International Industry Fair 2013 in Shanghai, on November 5, 2013

China unveils a model of a lunar rover at the China International Industry Fair 2013 in Shanghai, on November 5, 2013China unveils a model of a lunar rover at the China International Industry Fair 2013 in Shanghai, on November 5, 2013

China offered a rare glimpse into its secretive space programme on Tuesday, displaying a model of a lunar rover that will explore the moon’s surface in an upcoming mission.

Beijing has ambitious space goals, including plans to send its first probe to land on the moon by the end of this year, state media reported in August.

The gold-coloured rover model, with six wheels and wing-like solar panels, attracted admiring crowds at the opening of the China International Industry Fair in Shanghai.

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