Tuesday, July 29, 2014   

Jade Rabbit rover stirs again
(02-13 10:14)

China's troubled Jade Rabbit lunar rover, which experienced mechanical difficulties last month, has come “back to life,’’ state media reported today.
“It came back to life! At least it is alive and so it is possible we could save it,'' the official Xinhua news agency quoted Pei Zhaoyu, spokesman for the lunar program, as saying on a verified account on Sina Weibo.
The probe, named Yutu or Jade Rabbit after the pet of Chang'e, the goddess of the moon in Chinese mythology, had experienced a “mechanical control abnormality'' last month.
Concerns were raised that the vehicle would not survive the bitter cold of the lunar night.
“The Jade Rabbit went into sleep under an abnormal status,'' Pei said according to Xinhua. “We initially worried that it might not be able to bear the extremely low temperatures during the lunar night.''
The Jade Rabbit was deployed on the moon's surface on December 15, several hours after the Chang'e-3 probe landed.--AFP

   
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