Jade Rabbit Survives

13 Feb

jade rover

China’s lunar rover the Jade Rabbit has come back to life, a day after state media reported that it was dead due to the extreme cold on the moon having exasperated various mechanical issues that it had been suffering from.

The Jade Rabbit was deployed on the moon’s surface on 15 December, several hours after the Chang’e-3 probe carrying it landed. Despite being only 2 months into its planned 3 month operational period, it has been plagued with mechanical issues since the outset and was seen too have given up the ghost in the early hours of February the 13th. However talk of its demise may have proved premature as the state media are now reporting that it still yet could be saved. “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, a spokesman for the space program, as saying on a verified account on Sina Weibo.

It was the third such soft-landing in history and the first of its kind since a Soviet Union deployment forty years ago.It was a huge source of pride in China and was a celebrity of sorts on the social media site Sina Weibo, with thousands of followers. The landing was a key step forward in Beijing’s ambitious military-run space program, which also includes plans for a permanent orbiting station by 2020 and eventually sending a human to the moon. China first sent an astronaut into space a decade ago and is the third country to complete a lunar rover mission after the United States and the Soviet Union.

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/feb/13/jade-rabbit-lunar-rover-alive-after-all-says-china

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