11 December 2018

China lunar rover comes back to life, report says

China’s moon rover Yutu (Jade Rabbit) has come back to life after its second dormancy which began on Jan. 25, Xinhua news agency reported Thursday. The unmanned vehicle has been restored to its normal signal reception function, although experts are still trying to find out the cause of the mechanical control abnormality, Pei Zhaoyu, spokesman of the lunar probe program, was quoted as saying. Scientists had been concerned that the lunar rover might not be able to survive the extremely low temperatures during the lunar night, the report said. Yutu touched the moon’s surface on Dec. 15, several hours after China’s lunar probe Chang’e-3 soft-landed on the earth’s satellite on Dec. 14, the report said.

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