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Youth Games Torch Relay Goes to the Moon
SOURCE: Xinhua     UPDATED: 2014-07-03

BEIJING, June 19 (Xinhua) -- China on Thursday executeded a "digital torch relay" for the Nanjing 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games via the Chang'e 3 moon lander.

On a huge screen, digital images showed mascot of the games Le Le, a colorful stone, running merrily with the Olympic torch in its hand, against the backdrop of a real-time picture captured by the lander.

The images were sent via a ground control station in Jiamusi City of Heilongjiang Province to neigboring Russia then to the lander and forwarded to another station in Kashgar in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

The "digital torch relay" was the invention of a group of middle school students in Nanjing, the host City for the 2014 games slated in August.

Comprising a lander and China's first moon rover Yutu, Chang'e-3 lunar probe soft-landed on the moon on December 15.