On Saturday, China's Chang'e Number 3 became the first spacecraft to successfully land on the moon since 1976. Over the coming months, its lunar rover (named Yutu, or Jade Rabbit) will be collecting soil samples from areas previously unexplored by the U.S. and Russia.
Chinese social media lauded the landing, moreso because the spacecrafts were named after beloved mythological figures.
The main ship is named after Chang'e, a reluctant goddess believed to have married a heroic archer before accidentally drinking his immortality potion and floating to the moon.
The spacecraft's rover is named after the Jade Rabbit, Chang'e's only companion in her lunar palace.
These are the first images of the two spacecrafts taking photos of each other on the moon.
A lot of people found that poetic and oddly adorable.
There were swellings of national pride.
There was also this sort of nationalism.
Not everyone agreed on its glory.
Comments like these were quickly censored online.
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