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China's Jade Rabbit rover explores Moon soil

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Posted in Science on 17th Jan, 2014 01:30 AM by AlexMuller

China's Jade Rabbit Moon rover has completed its first examination of the lunar soil, state media claim. The Beijing Aerospace Control Center said the rover had explored the surface using its mechanical arm on Tuesday night (Beijing time). The survey lasted half an hour and official news service Xinhua said the rover performed well in the tests.

 
In December, the Chinese landing module and rover made the first "soft" landing on the Moon since 1976. The mission is designed to test new technologies, gather scientific data and build intellectual expertise.
 
The lander will operate there for a year, while the rover is expected to work for about three months. The operation tested the ability by ground stations to precisely control the robot over a distance of some 380,000km - one of those key technologies Chinese space scientists are keen to master. Wu Fenglei, from the Beijing control centre, said it marked a "breakthrough in controlling a mechanical arm with high precision on the lunar surface".
 
At the weekend, the lander and rover "woke up" from a period of hibernation lasting two weeks - equivalent to one lunar night.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-17
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Great, Jade Rabbit woke up after two weeks of lunar night and stared exploring just as planed under precise control. So far all is going well for this China's space exploration
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-17
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China's Jade Rabbit rover is having a good start in exploring the Moon's surface as the aim is to explore the moon in search of natural resources- very important for further plans to make first settlements Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-17
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Yes, they can now explore 'Remarkable' rocks that are within reach of Jade Rabbit rover. These are some of the youngest lava flows on the Moon
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-17
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They landed at a place different from the original destination, this was lucky. This landing area was more interesting than its original destination and could fill in gaps in our knowledge of lunar history. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-17
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It is interesting that the data gathered from orbit show the lavas could be high in the metal titanium- very important resource Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-17
+2
Moon is getting attention it deserves. There are so many obvious questions to answer and places to explore- Jade Rabbit is at the right place to explore interesting rocks Reply


 

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