China Makes First Lunar 'Soft Landing' Since 1976: Reports
China became the first country to make a "soft landing" of a spacecraft in almost 40 years. The last country to do so was the Soviet Union in 1976.By Collin Ruane | December 14, 2013
For the first time in nearly four decades, a space probe made a soft landing on the moon — that's according to Chinese state news agencies.
China launched an unmanned rocket carrying a lunar rover almost two weeks ago. Saturday's reported landing makes China the third country to make a lunar landing behind the U.S. and the Soviet Union. (Via CCTV)
The New York Times reports the Soviet Union sent the last probe to the moon without crash-landing back in 1976.