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China Moon rover Jade Rabbit in trouble

Posted in Science on 27th Jan, 2014 11:23 PM by AlexMuller

China's Jade Rabbit Moon rover is in trouble after experiencing a "mechanical control abnormality", state media report. The Moon exploration vehicle ran into problems due to the moon's "complicated lunar surface environment", Xinhua news agency said, citing science officials.

The rover landed in December as part of China's Chang'e-3 mission - the first "soft" landing on the Moon since 1976. It was expected to operate for around three months.
Earlier this month, the Beijing Aerospace Control Centre said that Jade Rabbit, also known as Yutu, had successfully explored the surface of the Moon with its mechanical arm.
The malfunction emerged before the rover entered its scheduled dormancy period on Saturday, Xinhua reported, citing the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND).
Scientists were organising repairs, the news agency added, without providing further details. The rover was due to become dormant for 14 days during the lunar night, when there would be no sunlight to power the rover's solar panel, reports said.
The malfunctioning rover presents the first public mishap China's ambitious space programme has experienced in years, following several successful manned space flights, the BBC's Celia Hatton in Beijing reports.
Xinhua said the news of the rover's troubles had generated extensive discussion on Chinese social media.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-28
Yutu had a great start and started exciting explorations of Moon surface. Now something is going wrong and needs attention- this is important learning point and can happen - no need to be upset Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-28
Yes, China's Jade Rabbit rover had a good start in exploring the Moon's surface aimed to explore the moon in search of natural resources. It also had a very good strategy for landing. Unlike the soft-landing of the U.S. and the Soviet Union's unmanned spacecraft, Chang'e-3 was able to survey the landscape first and determine the safest spot to lend "softly". Lets hope it can recover and continue. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-28
It was a good plan. The lander was to operate there for a year, while the rover was expected to work for about three months. The operation was to test the ability by ground stations to precisely control the robot over a great distance Reply


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