China to launch moon rover on Monday

China will launch its first ever moon rover mission on Monday, state media have announced.

A rocket carrying the vehicle, named “Jade Rabbit” in a nod to Chinese folklore, will blast off at 01:30 am local time (Sunday 1730 GMT).

“The Chang?e 3 is set to be launched for its moon mission from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center on Dec. 2,” state broadcaster CCTV said on its verified Twitter account on Saturday.