China has successfully landed on the Moon.

The unmanned Chang'e 3 lander touched down on the Lunar surface on Saturday, becoming the first man-made object to complete a 'soft landing' in four decades.

The last time humans landed a craft on the Moon was back in 1976, when the Soviet Union sent a robotic explorer to the satellite.

The Chinese lander, which is named after a Chinese goddess of the Moon, is the latest achievement in China's long-term plan to land astronauts on the Moon's surface.

China's space program is rapidly developing. It sent its first astronaut into space in 2003, and its first probe to the Moon in 2006. It now plans to launch a space station by 2020, and send humans to the Moon shortly after that.

The 12-minute landing was broadcast live on Chinese TV using a computer simulation. Its solar panels opened after landing and the craft is now sending back pictures and video of the Moon, some of which have been published.

Here are the best videos and pictures sent back by Chang'e 3 so far:

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  • In this image taken by the on-board camera of the lunar probe Chang'e-3 and made off the screen of the Beijing Aerospace Control Center in Beijing, China's first moon rover 'Yutu' - or Jade Rabbit - is on the lunar surface in the area known as Sinus Iridum (Bay of Rainbows) Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. Yutu touched down on the moon and left deep traces on its loose soil, state media reported Sunday, several hours after the country successfully carried out the world's first soft landing of a space probe on the moon in nearly four decades. (AP Photo / Xinhua) NO SALES

  • Live Footage Of The Chang'e 3 landing

  • This Saturday Dec. 14, 2013 photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, shows a picture of the moon surface taken by the on-board camera of the lunar probe Chang'e-3 on the screen of the Beijing Aerospace Control Center in Beijing, capital of China. China on Saturday successfully carried out the world's first soft landing of a space probe on the moon in nearly four decades, the next stage in an ambitious space program that aims to eventually put a Chinese astronaut on the moon. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Wang Jianmin) NO SALES

  • This Saturday Dec. 14, 2013 photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, shows a picture of the moon surface taken by the on-board camera of the lunar probe Chang'e-3 on the screen of the Beijing Aerospace Control Center in Beijing, capital of China. China on Saturday successfully carried out the world's first soft landing of a space probe on the moon in nearly four decades, the next stage in an ambitious space program that aims to eventually put a Chinese astronaut on the moon. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Wang Jianmin) NO SALES

  • In this image taken by the on-board camera of the lunar probe Chang'e-3 and made off the screen of the Beijing Aerospace Control Center in Beijing, China's first moon rover "Jade Rabbit" touches the lunar surface Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. "Jade Rabbit" touched down on the moon and left deep traces on its loose soil, state media reported Sunday, several hours after the country successfully carried out the world's first soft landing of a space probe on the moon in nearly four decades. (AP Photo/Xinhua) NO SALES

  • The first picture of the Moon sent back by Chang'e 3

  • In this image made off the screen at the Beijing Aerospace Control Center in Beijing, is the Chang'e-3 moon lander, taken by the camera on the 'Yutu' (Jade Rabbit) moon rover, during the mutual-photograph process in the area known as Sinus Iridum (Bay of Rainbows), Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. Yutu touched down on the moon and left deep traces on its loose soil, state media reported Sunday, several hours after the country successfully carried out the world's first soft landing of a space probe on the moon in nearly four decades. (AP Photo / Wang Jianmin, Xinhua) NO SALES

  • Researchers work in the control room of the Chang'e-3 lunar probe after it landed on the moon and deployed a moon rover, at the Beijing Aerospace Control Center in Beijing. China's first moon rover touched the lunar surface and left deep traces on its loose soil, state media reported Sunday, several hours after the country successfully carried out the world's first soft landing of a space probe on the moon in nearly four decades. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT

  • The Long March 3B rocket carrying the Chang'e-3 lunar probe blasts off from the launch pad at Xichang Satellite Launch Center, in southwest China's Sichuan Province on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. China has launched its first mission to land a rover on the moon that will transmit images and survey the moon’s surface. The spacecraft is expected to land in mid-December. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT

  • China Launches Its First Moon Rover In Xichang

    XICHANG, CHINA - DECEMBER 02: (CHINA OUT) A Long March-3B carrier rocket carrying China's Chang'e-3 lunar probe takes off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center on December 2, 2013 in Xichang, China. China successfully sent the Chang'e-3 lunar probe with its first moon rover aboard into orbit on Monday morning. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)