About 190,000 proposals were received and a 14-member jury board selected the ten most popular after heated debates and several rounds of vote on Saturday, said the newspaper report.
“Yutu,” or jade hare in Chinese, tops the list while “Tansuo,” or explore, and “Lanyue,” or catch moon, came at the second and third places, said Sunday’s Beijing Times.
Yutu is a white pet rabbit accompanying the goddess Chang’e on the moon in a popular ancient Chinese myth.
In the next week, another online poll will elect the three most popular names and the final result will be announced in November.
The moon rover is scheduled to be on board of the Chang’e-3 moon probe, which will soft-land on the moon.
Did any of your votes make it in? If not, what would you name it, dear readers?