|Glittering moon rover rolled out
China offered a rare glimpse into its secretive space program, displaying a model of a lunar rover set for an upcoming mission.
The gold-colored rover model, with six wheels and wing-like solar panels, attracted admiring crowds at the opening of the China International Industry Fair in Shanghai.
The rover's designer, Shanghai Aerospace Systems Engineering Research Institute, said the real thing would be lifted aloft by a Long March 3B rocket scheduled to be launched in early December.
The Shanghai-based institute, a unit of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp, which is linked to the military, claimed several technological breakthroughs with the rover.
Advances include its “autonomous'' navigation system and the way the wheels are able to grip the powdery surface of the moon, according to materials from the institute.
It can climb inclines of up to 30 degrees and travel up to 200 meters per hour, it said.