The Goddess of the Moon — Chang’e ( 嫦娥 ) Legend has it, long long ago, ten suns rose together to the heavens, causing hardship for the people. A hero named Hou Yi （后羿）thus used his bow and arrows to shoot down nine of them. As a reward , Hou Yi was given the elixir of immortality as a reward, but he chose not to consume it as he did not want to gain immortality without his beloved wife Chang’e. However, while Hou Yi went out for a hunt, Fengmeng, an evildoer, broke into his house and demanded Chang’e to give him the elixir of immortality to him, she refused to do so and instead drank it and flew upwards towards the heavens, choosing the moon as residence.
In 2007, China launched its first lunar probe, named Chang’e 1 (Chinese: 嫦娥一号; pinyin: Cháng’é Yī Hào) in the goddness’ honor.
Legend says the moon is inhabited by the goddess of the moon – Chang’e, the Jade Rabbit, and the woodcutter Wu Gang. You can see Chang’e and Jade Rabbit from the top picture.
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