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China's Jade Rabbit lunar rover rouses from latest slumber

Published on Mar 14, 2014 8:08 PM
 
China's Jade Rabbit lunar rover taken by the Chang'e-3 probe lander on Dec 15, 2013. China's troubled Jade Rabbit moon rover "woke up" again early on Friday, March 14, 2014, though the mechanical troubles that have plagued it remain unfixed, the government said. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (AFP) - China's troubled Jade Rabbit moon rover "woke up" again early on Friday, though the mechanical troubles that have plagued it remain unfixed, the government said.

The rover, called Yutu in Chinese, turns dormant and stops sending signals during the lunar night, two-week periods when the part of the moon's surface it is on rotates away from the sun and temperatures turn extremely cold.

The State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND) said on its website that the rover "woke up" from its third such slumber at 6.42am Beijing time.

The Jade Rabbit is named after the pet of Chang'e, the goddess of the moon in Chinese mythology, and was deployed on the moon's surface on Dec 15, several hours after the Chang'e-3 probe landed.

 
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