China restores communications with Jade Rabbit rover

China has become the third country, after the U.S. and the Soviet Union, to deploy a rover onto the moon since 1976.

China restores communications with Jade Rabbit rover

World Bulletin / News Desk

China's first lunar rover, the Jade Rabbit, sent a signal a day after it was declared dead from a combination of mechanical problems, but engineers are still working to fix its problems, said China's state media.

The vehicle went into sleep abnormally and there were concerns that the machine's mechanism would not function in the bitter cold of the lunar night also.

The 140 kilogram six-wheeled vehicle, dubbed as Yutu in Chinese, embarked on the moon's surface on December 15, 2013, several hours after the Chang’e-3 probe carrying it landed.

China has become the third country, after the U.S. and the Soviet Union, to deploy a rover onto the moon since 1976.

Last Mod: 13 Şubat 2014, 12:24
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